(1998)

Critic Reviews

60

Metascore

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83
Entertainment Weekly
Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.
80
Like the TV show, The X-Files movie is stylish, scary, sardonically funny and at times just plain gross.
75
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.
70
The A.V. Club
It's a smart, exciting, involving film that's true to its source, which is all it really needs to be.
60
With its shrewd mixture of paranoia and the paranormal, the way its elaborate mythology combines enigmatic phenomena with potent cabals intent on running the world, The X-Files experience resembles "Twin Peaks" crossed with "The Twilight Zone."
60
Slate
The X-Files isn't so much a bad movie as it is a crackerjack piece of television. It's crisply made--not sodden like many of the "Star Trek" pictures. But it's as annoyingly open-ended as the rest of the series' episodes.
60
Empire
The X-Files can stand proud as a genuine movie with a beginning, a middle and an end, two charismatic leads and a franchise ahead of it.
50
The New Yorker
Ultimately disappointing--it's bigger budgeted, but somehow less engrossing when played outside the solitary intimacy of the tube. It'll be a great video flick.
50
Variety
Falls somewhere in between standing on its own feet as a real movie worth the price of a ticket and merely being a glorified TV episode refitted for theaters.
40
Essentially a supersize episode that ignores a slew of fifth-season developments and adds yet another monster to the mix, one that owes a striking debt to "Alien."

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