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The X-Files: Fight the Future

1998
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 1m
With the dubious assistance of a paranoid doctor, Mulder and Scully risk their careers and their lives to hunt down a deadly virus which may be extraterrestrial in origin - and could destroy all life on earth! (Fox)
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The X-Files: Fight the Future

1998
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
2h 1m
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Rated 12 Mar 2020
88
75th
Doesn't really work as a standalone movie, but it wasn't meant to - this one's for the fans (of which I am one). Do yourself a favor and watch seasons 1-5 of the show first.
Rated 16 Jan 2018
40
23rd
Although they tried to make the transition between S5 and S6 as seamless as possible via the feature film, the movie still feels that its lacking from the fact they filmed it after S4. The story also feels overly long and really dragging at parts, as if the plot of an episode has been stretched to full feature length. Nevertheless, there were definitely strong moments in the film - as usual, the interaction and chemistry between Duchovny and Anderson is stellar and rarely matched in film and TV.
Rated 27 Dec 2007
75
80th
This movie was probably completely baffling to anyone who didn't have a working knowledge of the show. It doesn't let itself get bogged down with exposition, and while I'm thankful for that, I find it quite amazing that they let this movie into theaters. That said, it's not a great movie or anything, just a really solid, big budget mythology episode.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
69th
I used to be a big "X-Files" mark, and that peaked with this movie. I thought it was great, really. An extended episode of the show that didn't really lean heavily on the audience being deeply familiar with the series. Not a shabby sci-fi flick.
Rated 04 Apr 2016
52
47th
MAKE OUT ALREADY
Rated 15 Oct 2008
95
96th
Well made and very exciting. It'll make you scared to stand in your back yard oil pool.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
40
19th
Poor.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
57th
Like the series? You'll like this.
Rated 11 Oct 2010
88
91st
Nice sendup of the show. Still a few questions though: Corn? Aliens? Bees? Man-made virus? Antarctica? Baron Von Munchausen? Ok lots of questions.
Rated 23 Jun 2010
50
39th
Not comparable to the series...
Rated 06 Apr 2009
55
44th
I used to follow The X Files TV show but was never any big fan of it. This full feature's got potential to be a big movie but it stays only a two hour episode of the serial.
Rated 07 Jun 2010
50
10th
not good.
Rated 26 Apr 2010
66
40th
Pretty boring...Californication is much fannier ;)
Rated 17 Aug 2010
83
61st
not as good as the series.
Rated 25 Jan 2010
60
46th
One for the fans really...
Rated 22 Dec 2009
68
10th
Not a bad attempt to make money from a former TV series.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
75
36th
As with most big screen adaptations of little screen shows, this one is unable to overcome that feel of being an overly long episode that belongs to the canon of the series.
Rated 25 Aug 2010
46
60th
#00s(e)#, story
Rated 19 Jul 2009
90
73rd
Haven't watched much of the series, but the movies is great. The conspiracy plot is just fantastic.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
85
68th
Yeah I'm an unrepentant X-Files fan and love this movie more than I probably should after getting it for my birthday and watching it countless times before ever seeing the actual series.
Rated 23 Aug 2008
69
50th
If you're a fan of the TV show then this is certainly a must see. Yes it's like a two hour long episode with a higher budget but it's a good two hour long episode. However, if you haven't followed the TV show then you will be completely lost. In fact if you're a fan but haven't watched seasons 1-4 then you'll probably still be lost. That's my only real complaint with the film.
Rated 24 Mar 2009
65
27th
disappointing given how good the seires is/was
Rated 08 Mar 2009
45
34th
I didn't watch the TV series, but this movie seems like very light entertainment. It possesses some occasional mild wit, which distracts attention for a while from the fact that what is being shown is not too interesting.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
30
31st
Why did they have to brings aliens into it?
Rated 20 Dec 2008
70
58th
very fantasy-full movie with a lot of mystery. like it a lot
Rated 08 Dec 2008
50
20th
boring
Rated 22 Sep 2008
76
52nd
My favourite TV series turn dumber when it's movie.
Rated 20 Sep 2008
65
23rd
During the day I was a rabid X-File fan but even I couldn't figure out this film. What is unfortunate this film exposed Chris Carter's lack of vision for the franchise.
Rated 19 Sep 2008
5
29th
Watchable, but it pretty much is a super-sized episode of the tv show. Only for true fans.
Rated 24 Jul 2008
75
57th
I'm a big fan of the TV show, and this is a solid movie!
Rated 04 Aug 2014
45
42nd
Probably completely unintelligible if you've not seen the series. A lot of not much happens. It's not confusing if you know the TV plot but its explanations are still pretty slim and the ending just feels a bit ridiculous. Idk it's ok but not great
Rated 19 Feb 2024
65
51st
Great fun. I don't think this would be advised for anyone who isn't familiar with the show, despite the intentions of its creators to make a stand-alone film. Doesn't quite attain the pinnacle of the shows greatness, but it's close enough.
Rated 15 Mar 2022
42
37th
It's an easy pitch, coming right in over the mound. All you have to do is focus on the second half of the first season of "The X-Files." Nope, instead you zoom in on everything that went wrong with the later version, swing, and miss. Ooof.
Rated 23 Jun 2019
44
45th
It's certainly not a great movie but it is a close approximation of a longer X-Files episode with a much higher budget. That's alright for me but might not be good enough for everyone.
Rated 06 May 2019
5
2nd
If aliens saw this movie they would wipe out humanity for sure.
Rated 10 Apr 2018
68
37th
The beginning of the X-Files film franchise which never came to be is not nearly as bad as one would expect. Granted it is very difficult for the uninitiated to jump into. It very much relies on having seen the series before. The creepy atmosphere and conspiracy driven plot may win you over and hopefully have you binge the far superior TV Series.
Rated 10 Apr 2018
37
14th
Actually quite unwatchable if you haven't seen any of the series.
Rated 30 Jul 2017
77
64th
If you are a fan of the television series you should like this film. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson work well together in this movie, just like they do in the TV series. The script has some good moments. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 23 Apr 2017
54
6th
Scully has some nice scenes but the shark jumping moment for the series.
Rated 19 Jan 2016
80
86th
Carter manages the near-impossible task of summarizing the five seasons that precede the film in very neat fashion (a drunk Mulder confesses everything - and nothing - to a bartender) and introduces intriguing new mythology without getting too bogged down in it. Duchovny gets a lot of good one-liners, and he and Anderson are surrounded by great characters actors. It's business as usual, but more dramatic and with bigger production values... exactly how one should do a movie based on a tv series!
Rated 06 Jan 2015
45
24th
I knew I should have left it back in the 90s where it belonged, but reviewing this some 17 years down the road one thing in particular becomes very clear: There is an absurd mismatch between the characters behavior and the world they occupy, most notably of cause in Scully's insisting denial of the supernatual, but also very much present in all other major characters, who seem too preoccupied with mundane intrigues and two dimensional story arcs to register the intergalactic plot at hand.
Rated 12 Sep 2010
10
52nd
Weak delivery. I like the TV series better than the motion pictures based on the series.
Rated 15 May 2014
35
23rd
Generation X conspiracy theory nonsense brought to the big screen. Remedial science fiction.
Rated 13 Apr 2014
50
37th
only because I love the show.
Rated 17 Aug 2013
77
50th
This is a perfectly acceptable movie adaption of the series. Unfortunately it does lose some of the the qualities that made the series so great in the transition to the big screen, but when you hold it up against that piece of crap they put out in the late 00's, it almost seems like The Godfather. It's a solid film with a few problems here and there, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to people who weren't fans of the series.
Rated 27 Jan 2013
60
61st
Unlike most shows, the standalone episodes of the X Files are usually better than the sprawling contradictory story arc ones. This is an extended version of one of those story arc episodes. As such it raises more questions than it answers, goes against what was previously known and ultimately ends without the viewer being any closer to the truth. It should have been a conclusion to the X Files rather than letting the show hobble along for a few more seasons. But as a fan I still quite like it.
Rated 16 Jul 2012
73
45th
Enjoyable, if somewhat overheated and self-important, sci-fi conspiracy yarn is a servicable enough time-killer even if (like me) you've never seen the TV series. Over reliance on ponderous expository information (combined with the unmistakeable look and feel of an extended TV show episode) outweighed by some genuinely creepy gotcha! moments, and a distinguished supporting cast (though both Mulder and Scully are irretrievably dull and glum characters).
Rated 17 Jun 2012
82
51st
Spooooooooky
Rated 08 Mar 2012
65
30th
After watching this movie I got the same feeling I got after watching most of the X Files episodes: what really changed? Special agent Mulder and Scully are portrayed as heroes, but all they accomplished at the end of the movie was to piss off the aliens by making them leave (by accident). I liked the series so I like the movie.
Rated 07 Jan 2012
70
58th
Remember it scaring the piss out of me.. But i was only 10 >.
Rated 04 Aug 2011
50
49th
This is just candy for the fanboys. Relatively bad movie if you're not a fan of the show, which I actually am.
Rated 12 Apr 2011
70
54th
im guessing horrible and unbearable for people that arent fans and/or familiar with the show. quite an unexpected treat for me, as a fan, though.
Rated 23 Jun 2007
84
62nd
As far as tv adaptations to the big screen go, this one is pretty darn good.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
39th
I would've preferred if they had skipped making this film and instead ended the series with some level of care and skill.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
40th
A cash-in sure, but one of the better cash-ins by far. Killa bees!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
71st
Like a big-ass X-Files episode. So for me, this movie was just what the doctor ordered.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
hundred because i am prejudised X-file fan. man i love Scully! :)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
39th
Obviously not having seen the television version, I'm missing something. The first 2/3rds are interesting & exciting but as questions get answered, things become less believable & make less sense. Was expecting something even cooler. Lots of helicopter shots.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
34th
Forgettable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
78th
It gets an 80 because I'm a huge X-Files fan, but this movie honestly wasn't that great. A lot more could have been done with the story.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
69
18th
I just can't give this a passing grade. I never really liked this story line and always wished that they would get back to the stories inspired by old episodes of In Search Of.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
17th
I stopped watching the TV series after the first season, so I had no clue what the fuck was going on in this movie. There was a lot of running, and smoking, and stuff that happened in the dark.
Rated 13 Aug 2007
75
33rd
If you're a fan of the show, the movie isn't bad. But I pity any confused saps who tried to see the movie without having any background. And I keep my fingers crossed that they never follow through with their threats to make another X-Files film.
Rated 12 Jul 2007
82
28th
Could have been better.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
87th
I love the X-Files so I'm a bit biased. I like this movie a lot.
Rated 11 Jun 2007
70
32nd
Like a mediocre, really long episode.
Rated 26 May 2007
55
48th
Bleh.
Rated 18 May 2007
70
28th
Solid and gratifying from a fan of sci-fi, and pretty well-done in general. There isn't much else going for it, though.
Rated 09 May 2007
45
8th
a total and absolut meh.
Rated 25 Mar 2007
66
40th
A pretty forgettable end to the X-Files franchise. Still, it is the X-Files, and it's hard to ruin that.
Rated 23 Mar 2007
20
1st
even worse then the series... to fake and to predictable, low originality...
Rated 28 Feb 2007
65
10th
Forgettable, but certainly felt like just an extended version of the TV show.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
75
93rd
for the x files lovers pretty cool
Rated 26 Jan 2007
85
42nd
Feels more like a TV movie at points. But a really good X-Files TV movie.
Rated 18 Jan 2007
81
68th
Arquivo X: O Filme estreava há 25 anos no Peru. Ontem revi o piloto por conta dos 30 anos de estreia e deu vontade de ver tudo de novo... Apesar da mediocridade das últimas temporadas, Arquivo X continua uma das séries mais memoráveis dos anos 90. Esse longa mesmo não me lembrava que fosse tão bom, é maravilhoso. YTS.
Rated 10 Dec 2006
70
52nd
The show translated pretty well to the big screen. It gave some good expansion of the show's long running mythology, and the relationship between Mulder and Scully. Of course, like the show it self, it seemed to create more questions than it answered. Though, ambiguity can be good sometimes.
Rated 08 Apr 2008
70
58th
Last I checked, bees don't pollinate corn. Maybe they were alien bees. Or alien corn. It's things like this that you'll remember about the movie, since the rest is either over-the-top, or forgettable.
Rated 04 Aug 2008
40
17th
I like the show, but every now and then there is a boring episode. This is a boring episode. I expected more from a series changing movie. Maybe just a tad more aliens... just a tad.
Rated 01 Dec 2006
63
21st
Loved the TV series, didnt like this movie so much.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
76
72nd
Actually a really well-made sci-fi thriller that "X Files" fans should thoroughly enjoy even if it doesn't stand up to some of the series' best episodes. The plot is interesting and intriguing, the effects superb. My only gripe is its extra terrestrial plot seems to borrow a lot from the concept of the creature in the "Alien" films.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
72
81st
good movie
Rated 21 Jun 2008
90
67th
Continuing where the amazing TV show left off, this movie has it where it counts -- action, suspense, horror, and drama!
Rated 02 Jun 2008
60
51st
The X-Files Franchise was climaxed by this movie. Unfortunately, the movie didn't deliver as well as some of the episodes. However, it was satisfying for X-Files fans.
Rated 23 May 2008
95
60th
Fantastic for the X-Files obsessive, probably not suitable for anyone else.
Rated 15 May 2008
50
26th
This movie was awful, and I liked the show back then.
Rated 05 May 2008
75
42nd
It's a great series so it must be an equally great film... Hmm I spot a flaw in the plan. Doesn't connect in the same way as the tv series. The plot is ok, the acting is far from bad, but somehow it just doesn't gel. - Who knows why.. The truth is out there..
Rated 04 May 2008
90
74th
Maligned by critics when first released for being just an ordinary show episode stretched to 90 minutes. Whenever someone makes that criticism, they're completely missing what made The X Files endure in the first place- the relationship between Mulder & Scully. Good or bad plot, 50 or 90 minutes, aliens or crazed cults- all that is irrelevent compared to the on screen chemistry between David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, & their excellent supporting cast (including Mitch Pileggi as AD Skinner).
Rated 17 Apr 2008
61
51st
Ah, yes, the jumping of the shark. The series still made sense until this movie came out and contradicted and crapped all over the previously established Order of Things. The film release was bookended by a two-parter, the first part of which was stellar, the second part of which was a nightmarishly over-simplistic, over-budgeted, ET-like joke. And it got no better. As a stand-alone film, this isn't terrible, so I can't give it a terrible score, but seriously, this was infuriating.
Rated 09 Aug 2008
80
8th
What a let-down. More oil-eye alien crap like the show devolved into.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
16
5th
I used to kind of like the show...until I saw the movie.
Rated 17 Nov 2007
50
56th
if you're a fan of the show, it's great. if not, you'll wonder what the heck you are watching.
Rated 05 Nov 2007
80
72nd
loved that one
Rated 26 Oct 2007
58
46th
Surprisingly entertaining. Once.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
2
2nd
Watch it if you're curious about just how many hours a bee can hang onto you before it finally decides to sting you.
Rated 18 Sep 2007
90
87th
Loved this movie and how it was a part of the series. This movie actully got me into the show
Rated 15 Sep 2007
70
63rd
Never watched the show, but this was a solid sci-fi thriller.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
40
7th
the x-files was altogether over-rated. After the first couple of years they didn't know what they were doing, and the producers tried to hide it with obscurity
Rated 22 Aug 2007
2
8th
I guess the truth's not out there
Rated 19 Aug 2007
60
58th
Ok for, let's say half an hour.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
70th
I splurge my pants for anything X-files related.

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