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: 43% 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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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

It's not common knowledge that aliens were in on the gold rush. Oh, yeah. That's why this story takes place in 1873. Aliens were panning for gold too, see, using advanced panning technology. Riiiight.

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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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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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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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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

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

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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