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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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September 8, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 30, 2017
[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.
August 21, 2017
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.
July 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2015
The post-racial utopian vision is nice, but you'd hope it wouldn't take an alien invasion before we finally come to it.
May 3, 2015
Why is this gloriously schlocky premise treated with such ponderous solemnity?
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
January 14, 2013
Expensive, a misfire, but perfectly servicable for what it is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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
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
January 27, 2012
It must be said upfront that, for all its problems and script deficiencies, Cowboys & Aliens is probably the most continually entertaining effort of director Jon Favreau's still relatively young career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 28, 2011
... A dour affair that fails to capture the spirit of either genre.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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
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
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
November 22, 2011
Not what you'd expect . . .
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
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