The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) Poster

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MPAA Rated PG-13 for violent and disturbing content and thematic material

Sex & Nudity

  • A man and woman are seen in bed together. The man hugs the woman from behind then kisses her. Both are fully clothed.
  • A man and woman are shown in revealing bathing suits.
  • A suspect is a convicted child sex offender.

Violence & Gore

  • Kidnapping, fighting, and very extensive, gory surgical imagery.
  • Some of the procedures are non-consensual; images include severed limbs and heads (shown onscreen), head transplants, organs being handed around, transfusions, scars, and more.
  • A car is driven/pushed off the road with malice twice; guns, sticks, and trowels are used as weapons; a supporting character falls to their death, with the implication that they're impaled at the end of their fall.
  • Dogs attack characters.
  • Humans are injected with animal tranquilizer against their will.
  • Animals are used in gruesome experiments.
  • Several scenes take place in a halfway house for paroled sex offenders.


  • "Ass," "balls," and "shit" are used sporadically.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A supporting character smokes, with grave health ramifications as part of the plot.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There's a good bit of frightening and intense scenes that might really disturb younger viewers; especially those who aren't die hard X-File fans.
  • A lady is rammed off a snowy road and then kidnapped and place in a dog crate. She's later experimented on.

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