The X Files1998

Critics score:
64 / 100

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Susan Stark, Detroit News:Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times:Conspiracy theorists, consider this: What if the hush-hush atmosphere and Internet mania surrounding the first X-Files feature film were part of a giant plot to hide the uneventfulness of one more summertime sci-fi fizzle?Read more

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader:Only two scenes in this spin-off are worth the time of followers of the TV series.Read more

David Edelstein, Slate:The director, Rob Bowman, is not some TV hack; his work is thrillingly kinetic.Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:Who hasn't walked into a movie late and tried desperately to catch up with the plot, to make sense of what's on the screen?Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly:Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail:Had the creator of The X-Files set out to prove that tiny theorem, he couldn't have done a better job.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:One of the season's more lightly enjoyable mainstream offerings.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:As pure movie, The X-Files more or less works. As a story, it needs a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff Notes.Read more

Joyce Millman, Salon.com:It's a two-hour episode of the show, except with better production values and a nicer wardrobe for Scully.Read more

Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle:David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are enormously sympathetic heroes.Read more

Geoff Andrew, Time Out:The truth may be out there, but it's certainly not in here.Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety:As it is, pic serves up set-pieces and a measure of scope that are beyond TV size but remain rather underwhelming by feature standards.Read more

Rita Kempley, Washington Post:The X-Files movie is really just a two-hour teaser for the series's sixth season. And little else.Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post:Stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.Read more