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Ken Tucker
December 03, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The X-Files: I Want to Believe

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
104 minutes
performer
Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Amanda Peet
director
Chris Carter
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy
We gave it a B

I didn’t want to believe The X-Files: I Want to Believe was as bad as the theatrical reviews said, and my wish was fulfilled: It plays like a solid extended episode of the often-classic TV show, with Duchovny’s Mulder and Anderson’s Scully searching for an abducted FBI agent with the help of a man who has visions. Who’s also a pedophile priest. Who bleeds from his eyes. (Nice job, Billy Connolly!) The ”extended cut” here, however, incorporates a mere four extra minutes that don’t add much. Bonus features on the three-disc set include a commentary by creator Chris Carter and collaborator Frank Spotnitz that’s typically affable but also typical in its annoying insistence on not saying anything remotely revelatory. Time to let your guard down, Chris. B

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