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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
August 10, 2011
There is a lot of fun to be had in this sci-fi/western mash-up that plays out as one of the most superbly crafted B-movies you're going to find this side of Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 8, 2011
Takes itself much too seriously, with acts of brutality outnumbering the gags.
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 7, 2011
Cowboys out duel aliens in clever mash-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 5, 2011
Enjoyable, but less fun than such low-stakes predecessors as 'The Phantom Empire' with Gene Autry and 'Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
August 5, 2011
Feels like a flick that was poked, tweaked, reformatted and re-edited at least a dozen times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 5, 2011
Talented director John Favreau ("Iron Man") keeps the pace of the film brisk and you never have to wait long for some action to come along.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dave White
August 5, 2011
Everything in this movie is borrowed from other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 4, 2011
Blend fails to revitalize either genre
Leonard Maltin
August 4, 2011
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
Tim Martain
The Mercury
August 4, 2011
Cowboys and Aliens isn't the self-aware, campy romp I was expecting...This movie plays its ludicrous idea dead straight and pulls it off with firm conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 4, 2011
It's a good time at the movies -- something all these summer releases aim for, but very often don't achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 4, 2011
takes itself too seriously, thus bleeding it of the pulpy, B-movie fun the title suggests
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 4, 2011
When the overwrought alien element arrives full bore, it turns a compelling western into a cheesy, laughable "alien attacks!" B-movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
August 3, 2011
Fun to watch, yet relatively disposable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Armond White
New York Press
August 3, 2011
Cowboys and Aliens is an uninspired, third-rate rehash of Western and monster movie lore. It turns genre into formula.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
August 3, 2011
"Just don't think," someone suggests. Good advice for watching the movie, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2011
Like Snakes on a Plane or Shoot Em Up, it makes its B-movie intentions abundantly clear. And as far as high-gloss make-believe goes, it does the job.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 2, 2011
Only the Apaches really get it - that figures.
Jackie K. Cooper
August 2, 2011
The title says it all so if you are okay with that you'll be okay with the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Josh Levin
August 2, 2011
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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