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Variety | 'The X-Files' Review

Variety

There are always elements of crass commercialism baked into the DNA of revivals — nobody dusts off “Full House” for the high art of it — but perhaps an even more nagging sense of reassembling everyone just for the money in Fox’s joyless “The X-Files.” Brilliantly promoted for months, this six-episode reunion, premiering with a kick-start from the NFC Championship game, is virtually assured of attracting a sizable audience, at least initially. But based on the premiere, the harsh truth in here is that it’s as if creator Chris Carter and his collaborators have forgotten what people liked about the show.

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