Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) encounter a priest (Billy Connolly) with psychic visions when they reunite to solve a baffling missing-persons case.
" Carter doesn't try to meet or exceed fans' expectations so much as create an intimately scaled dramatic universe for his fiercely beloved characters, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, to inhabit, circa 2008. "
" David Duchovny's Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson's Dana Scully are still chastely in love, the world is as dark and doomy as ever, and Billy Connolly, as a scurvy priest who may or may not be a visionary, steals the acting honors. "
" In the end it's all about these very full and rewarding lead characters. "
" Most important, we get to see two gifted actors passionately revisit the roles that may forever define them. "
" The movie gets into some pretty freaky territory in the third act, but for this casual fan of the series, it's a strong effort featuring some great characters. "
" The writers know these characters -- the believer seeking the truth no matter how outlandish; the religious skeptic with her own rock-hard belief in science -- and the actors step into their roles without missing a beat. "
" Astute readers will note that I have abstained from making cheap cracks about the I Want to Believe title, an almost superhuman feat given this movie's abundance of sheer nonsense. "
" By the time Carter and co-writer Frank Spotnitz throw in cartoon Russian villains and a risible plot point involving same-sex marriage, it's hard to figure where they, or their movie, is coming from. "
" Casual filmgoers may wonder why theya(TM)ve just sat through whata(TM)s simply a decent episode writ large. "
" In not knowing who it needs to please, I Want to Believe pleases no one. "
" Lazy plotting, so-so performances and squandered ideas lead to only one diagnosis: there is no compelling reason to keep this moribund formula on a life-support machine. "
" Low in budget, inspiration and excitement, the film feels less like a bigger, better, widescreen reworking of the old goblins-and-G-men show than a forgotten script agonizingly stretched to feature length. "
" Only a fan would be inclined to tolerate this dunderheaded mystery. "
" Rather than providing a springboard to a movie franchise, this film puts the final nail in The X-Files' coffin. Mulder and Scully can now fade into pop culture history. "
" The truth is, they're boring now. "
" The X-Files: I Want to Believe is atmospheric and moves briskly, but it's basically TV writ large. "
" There may be no going back, as much as we might want to believe otherwise. "
" Though the mood of The X Files: I Want to Believe remains consistently funereal, the storytelling is all over the place. "
" Was this stuff always this bad? Or is this simply the fabled 'worst episode ever?' "
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