Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Why is this gloriously schlocky premise treated with such ponderous solemnity?
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The film is driven more by its concept than by its plot but it's still a fun summer film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 14, 2013
Expensive, a misfire, but perfectly servicable for what it is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ben Kendrick
October 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
Patchy, if enjoyable in parts, but nowhere near as awesome as that title suggests it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
February 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
January 29, 2012
A mercilessly boring, wasted opportunity that forgets to have a sense of humor, charisma, or aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
December 28, 2011
... A dour affair that fails to capture the spirit of either genre.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jordan Hiller
December 23, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
'Reach for the skies' has a whole new meaning now. The science-fiction Western 'Cowboys & Aliens' is an entertaining, genre-blending romp. It's a serious movie, too - a drama with comedic moments - and that makes it all the more exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
Not the Boys Own Adventure it could have been, but a fun - if often flawed - romp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
November 22, 2011
Not what you'd expect . . .
Clem Bastow
The Vine
October 26, 2011
No amount of gee-whiz techno-wizardry or nifty pop-cultural juxtapositions can save Cowboys & Aliens from two terrible truths: it has a dud script, and a dud director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 29, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James White
SFX Magazine
September 16, 2011
we get a standard story, some decent setpieces and only a few funny lines...Take the ride, but don't blame us if you end up saddle sore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
September 9, 2011
Uma diversão eficiente que, sim, poderia ter explorado sua ótima premissa com mais cuidado, mas que ao menos não a desperdiçou com "homenagens" tolas e auto referenciais.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 8, 2011
The two marquee stars don't interact much, the "big" action pieces are fairly ho-hum, and the movie just cowpokes along when it seems like it should be having a lot more galloping fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
September 8, 2011
As always, the men's transformations -- from selfish, ignorant individuals into something like a community -- are helped along by their union against a common enemy.
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
September 2, 2011
I don't think too many people are going to wander into the theater expecting The Tree of Life. The film delivers exactly what it promises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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