Cowboys & Aliens
Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 6, 2011
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens' jarring tonal shifts.

Anna Smith
Time Out

What started as 'True Grit'-meets-'War of the Worlds' ends up closer to - whisper it - 'Wild Wild West'.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

The post-racial utopian vision is nice, but you'd hope it wouldn't take an alien invasion before we finally come to it.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Takes itself much too seriously, with acts of brutality outnumbering the gags.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

[A] phenomenally successful two-man war against narrative clarity and continuity.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Why is this gloriously schlocky premise treated with such ponderous solemnity?

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Josh Levin

It's fun to think about what Cowboys & Aliens might have been if any creativity had crept past the title page.

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Laremy Legel

A film that entertains, even if it doesn't live up to the full-on madness potential the title portended.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

The film is driven more by its concept than by its plot but it's still a fun summer film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Daniel Craig was great. Ford had his moments. But this movie could have been so so so much better!
Kevin M. Williams
Every now and again along comes a great idea for a movie ... that simply fails when it comes to execution. The Western that the film begins as is actually okay… More
Christian C
An embarrassment for all involved. I'm rooting for the Indians, in this case.
Wildaly M
I just couldn't finish it. Don't think I will.
Michael Edwards
Now this film is one of the most entertaining films Jon Favreau has directed, And I love the first Iron Man film. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wild… More
Conner Rainwater
I'll admit that Cowboys and Aliens might have some issues here and there, but I thought it was a lot of fun. This showcases some of the best elements from… More