The X-Files (1998) Movie Review

The X-Files Cover Poster Art

1998 | PG-13 | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
121 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

[ Movie Page: The X Files (1998) ]
[ Trailer ][ Full Poster ]

Buy The X-Files at Trusted Retailers

[ Blu-ray (Amazon / eBay / Walmart / Target) ]

[ DVD (Amazon / eBay / Walmart / Target) ]

[ Amazon Prime ]

The X-Files Review


Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.

The X Files (1998) is a 2h 1 min American PG-13 science-fiction mystery-thriller that was the first feature film that was based on Chris Carter‘s television series, The X-Files where characters solved unsolved fictional cases called the X-Files. Director Rob Bowman (Castle (2009-2016), Reign of Fire (2002)) did a marvelous job executing this fictional movie that many X-Files fans enjoyed immensely. The movie contains gore, intense violence, mild language, suspense, tension, intense scenes, thrills, aliens, conspiracy, virus, UFO, outer space, mutation and dormant creature.

The X-Files revolves around agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny - The X-Files (1993-2016), Californication (2007-2014), Evolution (2001)) and Scully. Agents Mulder and Dana Scully ( Gillian Anderson - The X-Files (1993-2016), The Fall (2013-2016), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Bleak House (2005)) was removed from their usual jobs on the X-Files. They were assigned to solve the case of a bombing of a federal building in Dallas, Texas that held criminal evidence which was destroyed in the bombing event. The duo discovers a government conspiracy where the government is trying to hide facts about anĀ alien colonization of Earth.

The X-Files was a well-developed movie that was mysterious, moody, exciting, spooky and intriguing but I could not help feeling at times that it was one long TV episode with better special effects. The plot/subject matter/storyline was interesting as well as the characters who gave us convincing performances. My favorite parts of the film were the intense action scenes and alien scenes. I would recommend this film to fans and non-fans of The X-Files TV series because one does not need knowledge of the series to understand this movie. One major negative about this film was that it ran way too long and did not meet my expectations in the ending of the film because I expected something ecstatic.

About The X-Files 1998

Title: The X-Files
Original Title: Blackwood, Fight the Future, The X Files: Fight the Future, The X-Files, X-Files: Blackwood, X-Files: The Movie
AKA: The X Files
Year: 1998
Runtime: 121 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 5 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Tom Woodruff Jr., Michael Shamus Wiles, Mitch Pileggi, Gary Grubbs, Jeffrey DeMunn, Jason Beghe, David Paris, Gillian Anderson, Steve Rankin, Larry Joshua, Michael Krawic, John Neville, Randy Hall, David Duchovny, Vanessa Morley, Martin Landau, Steven M. Gagnon, Lucas Black, Scott Alan Smith, Paul Tuerpe, Glenne Headly, Ian Ruskin, William B. Davis, Joss Gomez, Ted King, George Murdock, Gunther Jenson, Terry O'Quinn, Greg Ballora, Luis Beckford
Writers: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Director: Rob Bowman