Cowboys & Aliens
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1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What started as 'True Grit'-meets-'War of the Worlds' ends up closer to - whisper it - 'Wild Wild West'."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"Cowboys & Aliens is an agreeable time-killer, but I'll bet a couple of clever kids could make a livelier movie with a Woody puppet and a Predator doll."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The film is driven more by its concept than by its plot but it's still a fun summer film."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Patchy, if enjoyable in parts, but nowhere near as awesome as that title suggests it should be."
‑ Ali Gray,
"A mercilessly boring, wasted opportunity that forgets to have a sense of humor, charisma, or aliens."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Takes itself much too seriously, with acts of brutality outnumbering the gags."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"[A] phenomenally successful two-man war against narrative clarity and continuity."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Expensive, a misfire, but perfectly servicable for what it is"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Jon Favreau's "Cowboys & Aliens" is a film that starts off with promise, but quickly loses its way as it tries to merge two different genres."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"... A dour affair that fails to capture the spirit of either genre."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It's fun to think about what Cowboys & Aliens might have been if any creativity had crept past the title page."
‑ Josh Levin, Slate
"A film that entertains, even if it doesn't live up to the full-on madness potential the title portended."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Delivers on the promise of an exciting genre mash-up but, even with a talented cast and revered team of writers, fails to weave a fulfilling story."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Rather refreshingly what-you-see-is-exactly-what-you-get: a western with aliens grafted on, or a sci-fi invasion film with cowboys grafted on--nothing more, nothing less."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"While we were hoping and rightly expecting some old school magic from the director of Iron Man, the director of Iron Man 2 showed up."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
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