Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

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Critic 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.

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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 streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Western
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Cast

Daniel Craig
as Jake Lonergan
Olivia Wilde
as Ella Swenson
Harrison Ford
as Woodrow Dolarhyde
Paul Dano
as Percy Dolarhyde
Adam Beach
as Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer
as Emmett Taggart
Brendan Wayne
as Charlie Lyle
Buck Taylor
as Wes Claiborne
Matt Taylor
as Luke Claiborne
Cooper Taylor
as Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown
as Meacham
Chris Browning
as Jed Parker
Brian Duffy
as Deputy
Keith Carradine
as Sheriff John Taggart
Toby Huss
as Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell
as Little Mickey
Jimmy Jatho
as Saloon Patron
Kenny Call
as Greavy
Garret James Noel
as Gang Member
David O'Hara
as Pat Dolan
Chad Randall
as Bull McCade
Scout Hendrickson
as Jake's Gang Member
Raoul Trujillo
as Black Knife
David Midthunder
as Apache Warrior 1
Moses Brings Plenty
as Apache Warrior 2
Phillip Pike
as Apache Singer
Calum Blaylock
as Apache Singer
Paul Ortega
as Medicine Man
Nathaniel Chee
as Apache Dancer
Robyn Simmons
as Apache Dancer
Simon Choneska
as Apache Dancer
David Chee
as Apache Dancer
Vonda Tso
as Apache Dancer
Freddie Apache
as Apache Dancer
Lariat Geronimo
as Apache Dancer
Oliver Enjady
as Apache Dancer
Hoyle Osborne
as Pianist
Rex Rideout
as Fiddler
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Critic Reviews for Cowboys & Aliens

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (47)

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

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...

August 4, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
Slate
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Cowboys & Aliens

An embarrassment for all involved. I'm rooting for the Indians, in this case.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

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 all do good jobs as the main characters, and the side characters are all well done too, Clancy Brown as the pastor, and Sam Rockwell as the Doctor all do fantastic jobs. The aliens in this movie have similar desires like the aliens in the terrible film "Battlefield Earth" They want gold, why I couldn't figure it out and am not sure if they mention it. The aliens look interesting, and I will say one thing right now that is a bit of a subplot with one of the aliens and Daniel Craigs character.The film starts out pretty slow but once the aliens show up, it speeds on by like nothing and is a definite thrill ride. The ending 35 minute action scene is incredible to watch and is very well done. All I have to say is, if you're squeamish or very jumpy in horror movies, don't see this, but if you aren't and want a fun action western film, check this out. My final rating 3.5*s out of 5

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

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 (if generic), but when the sci-fi portion kicks in, uhh, nothing. Its like they forgot to have fun with the concept. The actors are okay (Craig doing an okay Yank accent, Ford given little to do but grouse), the whole work servicible, but its akin to being served a meal w/o the main course. You leave wanting more.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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