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60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23

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  1. Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.
  2. Like the TV show, The X-Files movie is stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.
  3. 75
    As pure movie, The X-Files more or less works. As a story, it needs a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff Notes.
  4. 75
    Offers two hours of solid entertainment.
  5. Neither true believers nor newcomers to the phenomenon will be disappointed.
  6. In the movie, the truth will (and does) out itself. Mulder and Scully have seen the future and it's a giant leap for each of them to comprehend.
  7. This is more than enough material for two hours of summer-movie fun, and The X-Files delivers said fun reasonably well. The action scenes are bigger and bolder than their small-screen counterparts.
  8. 70
    It's a smart, exciting, involving film that's true to its source, which is all it really needs to be.
  9. Though both stars are sometimes eclipsed when the film strains for big action episodes, Mr. Duchovny sustains enough cool, deadpan intellect and suppressed passion to give the story a center. Ms. Armstrong has the harsher, more restrictive role, but she plays it with familiar hardboiled glamour.
  10. 70
    It's the brilliance of The X-Files to have turned Mulder's paranoid style into a function of cool. Mulder and Scully aren't just beautiful, smart, well-armed and seemingly impervious to the banalities of everyday life, such as cheap haircuts and ruinous love affairs--they're cool.
  11. 67
    Solid, workmanlike stuff, and enough to keep the legions of X-philes sated until next September. And since I realize some of you are dying to know, no, Mulder's butt remains, as always, fully clothed.
  12. 60
    The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else. You will feel exactly like Mulder when he says, "How many times have we been right here before, Scully? So close to the truth?"
  13. With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    The X-Files isn't so much a bad movie as it is a crackerjack piece of television. It's crisply made--not sodden like many of the "Star Trek" pictures. But it's as annoyingly open-ended as the rest of the series' episodes.
  15. Reviewed by: Neil Jeffries
    60
    The X-Files can stand proud as a genuine movie with a beginning, a middle and an end, two charismatic leads and a franchise ahead of it.
  16. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    60
    The problem is, the main conspiracy of the show is so vast, you have to walk around it a couple of times before you can see what it is.
  17. 50
    Ultimately disappointing--it's bigger budgeted, but somehow less engrossing when played outside the solitary intimacy of the tube. It'll be a great video flick.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Falls somewhere in between standing on its own feet as a real movie worth the price of a ticket and merely being a glorified TV episode refitted for theaters.
  19. What we have here is a pretty good TV show huffed and puffed into a rather mediocre film.
  20. 50
    It's a two-hour episode of the show, except with better production values and a nicer wardrobe for Scully.
  21. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Jami Bernard
    50
    Truth is, it' not very good.
  22. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Dennis Moore
    50
    I entered the screening for The X-Files: Fight the Future with myriad questions... I left with disappointing answers. [19 June 1998, p. 7E]
  23. Essentially a supersize episode that ignores a slew of fifth-season developments and adds yet another monster to the mix, one that owes a striking debt to "Alien."
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jan 3, 2015
    8
    What can one say: this is a X-Files movie! Being a late fan of the tv-series, this was exactly like an extended episode. Which means stretchedWhat can one say: this is a X-Files movie! Being a late fan of the tv-series, this was exactly like an extended episode. Which means stretched time of fun... The plot is ever suspensing, surprising, and well... plotted. Must see to all even slightly X-Files fans, though even if you haven't seen any episode on the tv, I think it doesn't matter. The movie goes on just fine on its own, and after seeing it (and liking it) you no doubt want more. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2014
    7
    This is a fantastic movie that honestly goes beyond the bounds of what I thought the X-Files was capable of. It pushes the metaplot forwardThis is a fantastic movie that honestly goes beyond the bounds of what I thought the X-Files was capable of. It pushes the metaplot forward while also serving to act as a cohesive individual story as well. I don't think you can get nearly as much out of this if you're not already familiar with all the x-files stuff, but it's very rewarding all the way though if you are. Full Review »
  3. Mar 16, 2014
    6
    More of an extended episode than anything else, this film adaptation of the phenomenal television series still manages delivers on many levelsMore of an extended episode than anything else, this film adaptation of the phenomenal television series still manages delivers on many levels despite its somewhat convoluted plot. Full Review »