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: July 29, 2011
DVD 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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Josh Levin
Slate

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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

From the cool special effects, to its top-notch acting and wickedly fun concept, Cowboys and Aliens is just that film that you may in fact hate to love. But it is really enjoyable.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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

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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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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

[Jon] Favreau goes for iconic over smart and if you like any of the things on the above check list, chances are you'll have a pretty good time at Cowboys & Aliens.

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Leonard Maltin
indieWire

As its title indicates, this is a strange cross of movie genres, and lest any viewers get antsy, it doesn't allow much time to pass before we first encounter UFOs in the Old West. The film takes its time unraveling the rest of the story...

Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

It is a rare film that can take two icons of toughness, namely Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and make them into laughing stock, but Cowboys & Aliens managed this feat repeatedly.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% 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