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The X-Files: I Want To Believe - US reaction mixed

The X-Files: I Want To Believe

Story by Jack Foley

THE plot of the new X-Files movie I Want To Believe was successfully kept under wraps until the film’s release in America – when critics emerged with mixed feelings towards it.

Mulder and Scully’s first outing in six years disappointed many journalists – although most acknowledged that fans of the show would enjoy seeing the relationship between the two former FBI agents being developed further.

If for no other reason, I Want To Believe seems to be worth seeing for the performances of David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson alone… although British actor Billy Connolly does get some honourable mentions.

We’re not going to give away the plot details here (as we still can’t wait to see it) but here’s a smattering of what the US critics had to say…

The Hollywood Reporter wrote: “Rather than a creepy supernatural thriller, X-Files creator Chris Carter, who directed I Want to Believe from a script co-written with producer Frank Spotnitz, spins a second-rate Silence of the Lambs-type serial killer mystery.

“Despite a few evocative early scenes, adequate atmospherics are noticeably lacking until the final reels, when the plot has already descended into implausibility. Overall, the film plays like an improbably skewed but comparatively routine criminal procedural that would have served the original show well as an extended season opener or sweeps-week contender.” Read the full review

Variety, meanwhile, opined: “Director/franchise creator Chris Carter gives devoted fans plenty of small moments to swoon over, but the appeal should be limited beyond those fervent loyalists.” Read review

And Time magazine felt that “for the uninitiated, The X Files: I Want to Believe may seem as musty and forbidding as one of those dank secrets that Mulder and Scully were forever digging up from some backyard, or fetid swamp, or their own aching hearts”.

But Roger Ebert, of The Chicago Sun-Times was far more positive, stating that “I make it sound a little silly. Well, it is a little silly, but it’s also a skillful thriller, giving us just enough cutaways to a sinister laboratory to keep us fascinated”.

And The Seattle Times felt that “as a movie, it doesn’t add up to much; as another glimpse at two characters who remain fascinating, it’s worth seeing”.

Newsday, meanwhile, wrote: “The way the film marries its subplots will keep audiences off balance, which is exactly right for an X-Files movie.”

The X-Files: I Want To Believe opens in UK cinemas on August 1, 2008. Check out the latest poster