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The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) Movie Information

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Chris Carter


Gillian Anderson
David Duchovny
Mitch Pileggi
Spencer Maybee
Billy Connolly
Amanda Peet





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Based on the 90's TV series. This movie is sent back to the roots of the characters with Mulder and Scully teaming up once again in their quest for the truth. The second film delves deeper into what may have started it all and maybe why it ended.

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GGauthier 01/08/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Nice long X file episode. Nothing more, nothing less. Nice to see them back, but, I thought would add something to the mythology. Low rating because lack of that. As a movie its average. Only for X Files hardcore fans.

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Josh C 12/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I love X-files and although I wasn't expecting much I was hoping for something more supernatural. Instead they pulled out a sci-fi/thriller that didn't have any unresolved mysteries in it. Sure there was a psychic, but that is not X-files worthy. I was hoping for more than a mad scientist plot. However, I realize that much of my disappointment was due to the fact I wanted and X-files movie like the episodes or like the first one. As a regular movie was pretty good and I enjoyed it. I liked seeing Mulder and Scully back in action, even though Scully was boring. I was surprised that Mulder sister is still talked about, I thought that plot was beat to death and was hoping at least in the movie it would be done.

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Porkchop Express 08/07/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I enjoyed this movie a lot maybe even more than the first. I was glad that it was not alien themed and more along the lines of the "oddity" type x-files. Although I would probably get the same out of watching it on my couch I really enjoyed this! Now they just need to bring the series back!

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03/30/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I Want to Forget this Film Exists

This (literally!) colourless sequel to both the hit Fox TV show and the enjoyable first movie manages to defy your expectations by being comparably underwhelming in every single sense to its predecessors. The average season finale of the original show had more spectacle and awe than this movie, and that was in the days when television programs were only just starting to have real money being funnelled into them! It is utterly absurd that the writers of this film decided to ignore the great cliffhanger of the series finale (where AN ALIEN INVASION WAS PROMISED) and gave us instead some third-rate Monster-of-the-Week story about a pair of gay serial killers (though one of them is supposed to be transgender... I think) who have read a bit too much Mary Shelley. That's it? Duchovny and Anders...

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02/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The X-Files: I Want To Believe" by Yojimbo

The FBI bury the hatchet with Mulder when they need his help investigating the kidnap of a federal agent. Being a bit of a long term X phile I was quite looking forward to catching up with my favourite paranormal investigators again, especially since they decided to dispense with the frustratingly over convoluted alien abduction storyline. I have to admit to a slight tingle when I heard that theme tune again and smiled at the sly references to the show when Scully and Mulder appear on the screen together again for the first time. All the best episodes of the show were usually the off-beat stand alone episodes that were done with witty irony and a sense of humour, but the plot to I Want To Believe unfortunately goes down the overly familiar serial killer road and aside from the macabre rea...

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05/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

I Wanted To Believe...

The X-Files: I Want To Believe is the long awaited follow-up to the hit television series. It would appear the six-year gap did this film in from a financial standpoint as it tanked at the box office. Of course, it could also be that the film wasn’t very good. Either way, this film didn't draw many to the theater and those it did were certainly left disappointed.

Mulder, last seen being pursued by the government with rocket-launcher equipped helicopters, has apparently been collecting news clippings and growing a beard during his time away from the office. Scully has been working as a medical doctor and a lot of the film focuses on her internal struggle between faith and the treatment of patient. This storyline however isn’t very engaging, much like Scully based episodes of the series...

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The series is a lot better than the movie in my opinion.  I sometimes wonder what it would have been like if they would have made just the movie - how would they have put it together.  It could have been really good.

Anyway, the movie is good.  X-Files was a good series but terrible movies.

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Aspiring Actor
I agree.  It is a good series and a great movie.
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Serenity was based on the tv series Firefly and was awesome.

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I don't think I will waste my 4 bucks on even renting this flick.  Skully and Moulder are just trying to gain a buck!  When was the last time a TV show made a good movie?
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I seen it the other and i thought it would of been a bit better not as i was very disapionted with the storyline.
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