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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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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
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
September 2, 2011
So in much the same way that 'Transformers' is essentially a robot war with a few humans stumbling around trying to get laid; this film should really have been called 'Alien Bracelet Vs. Aliens... With Some Cowboys Falling Off Their Horses'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 28, 2011
I'm now convinced that the non-cast related quality of the first Iron Man happened entirely by accident.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
August 25, 2011
"A fun idea with just enough action, welcoming actors, and big-budget effects to make it perfect Sunday matinee material."

August 24, 2011
The cowboys: great. The aliens: not so much. There's fun to be had here, but it falls way short of the pulp classic it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Clift
August 23, 2011
A film where the occasional sense of fun is far outweighed by the omnipresent sense of stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
August 22, 2011
There's no fun in this humourless picture, no revealing connections made between the two genres so forcibly yoked together.
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 19, 2011
I can't think of another premise this year that promised so many schlocky high concept thrills but delivered so little.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 19, 2011
Overall, a dull, overblown and forgettable farrago.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ed Gibbs
Sydney Morning Herald
August 19, 2011
There is nothing that fascinating about Favreau's treatment, nor his source material, but compared with similar blockbuster fare of recent months, this curious exercise in genre bending is very watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
August 19, 2011
It does actually seem to work, giving audiences a healthy number of action pieces and a solid storyline that isn't as bonkers as it looks on paper - if you're willing to suspend a massive dollop of belief that is.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
August 19, 2011
There's no doubt seeing a cowboy leap from a horse on to a spaceship is all kinds of awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 19, 2011
This is bone-dry fare; you can practically brush the dust from your lips afterwards.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 19, 2011
I wanted to more than love Cowboys & Aliens. For two hours I wanted to feel 17 again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
August 19, 2011
The men's relationship is dull and under-explored and the plot is slow, unexciting and silly. Craig is a lot more fun in a tuxedo than a stetson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
August 19, 2011
If you can swallow the shameless set-up, it's all highly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 19, 2011
Jon Favreau handles the big setpieces with competence if no great flair; whenever the plot backs itself into a corner something else will make a sudden, inexplicable interruption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Tennis
August 19, 2011
A wild and spaced-out horse opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
August 18, 2011
This is definitely a film of two halves - the first is a fantastic western-mystery, the second is a lazy and silly sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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