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The X Files (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  19 June 1998 (USA)
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Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.



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Cherish the past. Enjoy the present. Because the truth is coming. Fight the future. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some intense violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blackwood  »

Box Office


$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,138,758 (USA) (19 June 1998)


$83,892,374 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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Former LAPD bomb squad officer Herb Williams and former FBI agent William O. Heaton acted as advisors for the bomb sequence - and appeared in the movie as agents in a scene with Scully. See more »


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So worried about satisfying an audience it forgets to function as a film
28 March 2008 | by ( – See all my reviews

The first scene we see Mulder and Scully in involves a building being blown up. This is the first of many scenes where it becomes evident that Chris Carter wrote this film around the budget instead of using the big budget to improve the film. The script is also problematic for other reasons, not that Chris Carter was ever the most talented X-Files writer in terms of dialogue (see Vince Gilligan or Darin Morgan) but some of this movie seems extraordinarily cheap and speed-written (Carter essentially had to write this film and his season 5 episodes roughly at the same time), and the result is some really embarrassing moments.

The whole movie has a sort of 'greatest hits' feel, cramming the Lone Gunmen in just for the sake of having them there, revisiting questions but not answering them, and bringing back stuff we remember from mythology episodes just for the fun of it. This was the first step into REALLY muddling the mythology arc the series became famous for, although I for one thought season 6 was exceptionally strong, but the show's mytharc dwindled fast in quality and by seasons 7 and 9 it was the standalone episodes that remained memorable and entertaining.

To its credit, this film is well-made and excellently scored, and the acting is generally solid. There are good parts here and there but mostly it feels like a sellout. The mythology arc was seriously harmed by this film and there's no telling if it would've played out better without it. Ultimately, this movie was so worried about satisfying an audience (Mulder & Scully nearly kiss! Oh the excitement! [ /sarcasm ]) it forgot to function as a film.


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