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The X-Files Review

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  • 50

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    USA Today

    I entered the screening for The X-Files: Fight the Future with myriad questions... I left with disappointing answers. [19 June 1998, p. 7E]

  • 75

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Offers two hours of solid entertainment.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As pure movie, The X-Files more or less works. As a story, it needs a sequel, a prequel, and Cliff Notes.

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  • 83

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Dark, funny, paranoid, arbitrary, humming with tamped-down eroticism and in love with all things weird: That's the good news.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Same TV show sci-fi on a king-sized f/x budget.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is pretty much what you'd expect from a typical X-Files TV episode, but with PG-13 amped-up profanity and violence. Fox Mulder curses, people bleed and get shot in the head, and there are massive explosions. A heavy paranoid-conspiracy mindset suggests that acts of terrorism (specifically the Oklahoma City bombing) could be perpetrated by untrustworthy U.S. government officials doing inside jobs -- a worldview some parents might not want to encourage.

  • Families can talk about the difference between the TV show and the movie. Would it be better if there were hard-and-fast answers? How about the world and the political climate since The X-Files became popular? Does its message of endless conspiracy and shadowy cabals manipulating events still look appealing in a "Homeland Security" climate? Do you trust the government to tell the truth about UFOs? What about September 11th and Iraq, then? And is the comparison even fair?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though government authorities are repeatedly shown as untrustworthy, corrupt, and potentially evil, Agents Scully and Mulder uphold the FBI traditions and rules (including not abandoning a fellow officer). They also represent two different aspects of human inquiry. Mulder is imaginative and open to even the weirdest possibilities. Scully is more hard-headed and scientific. They have an incipient romance, not explored in depth here, but show professional appreciation and loyalty to each other.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Alien claws gash humans; humans stab aliens. Explosions and gun shots.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A few off-color references. Agent Scully is supposed to be naked in suspended animation, but we don't see much.

  • language false3

    Language: "S--t" and "asshole."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Agent Mulder gets drunk in a bar. A villainous character ("The Smoking Man") smokes a lot.