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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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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
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
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
Pablo Villaça
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
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
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."
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
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
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
Francesca Steele
Sky Movies
August 18, 2011
The premise does pretty much what it says on the tin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Jones
Birmingham Post
August 18, 2011
For all its A-list ingredients of concept, cast and director, the resulting mash-up is merely a superior B-movie, as uncertain a fusion as potato on a pizza.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 17, 2011
Enjoyable, well made and superbly acted sci fi-slash-Western adventure that duly delivers both cowboys and aliens, though a little bit of humour wouldn't have gone amiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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