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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Jeff Beck
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
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 8, 2011
The two marquee stars don't interact much, the "big" action pieces are fairly ho-hum, and the movie just cowpokes along when it seems like it should be having a lot more galloping fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
August 1, 2011
It's a straight bland whiskey drink of a western, with a garnish of aliens on top.
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
Adam Bub
August 17, 2011
Unfortunately, Cowboys and Aliens takes itself way too seriously to really ignite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 19, 2011
This is bone-dry fare; you can practically brush the dust from your lips afterwards.
Grae Drake
July 29, 2011
If you were curious about this movie because you thought there might be more to it than the obvious, don't overthink it -- the title truly is all you're going to get.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 17, 2011
The plot has so many holes and unexplained phenomena that it's hard to know where to begin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clem Bastow
The Vine
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
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2011
The filmmakers here (who include director Jon Favreau (Iron Man), five credited writers, and countless special-effects technicians) don't seem to have agreed on whether they're paying homage to these genres or mocking them.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
July 28, 2011
A Western-oater-meets-sci-fi flick that takes itself way more seriously than any film with a title like "Cowboys & Aliens" ought to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 18, 2011
You'd think that a movie that covers both the science fiction and western genres would be a lot funnier than this.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
July 28, 2011
Favreau's film doesn't take any risks, reducing the stakes to the point where the movie descends quickly from its fun exposition to a collection of meaningless explosions and predictable action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
Favreau had the opportunity to do something remarkable with Cowboys & Aliens but instead ended up making a movie that feels completely underwhelming once the credits start rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 28, 2011
Never goes further than its basic fanboy-baiting title, which it enacts with grim single-mindedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
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.
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
Devin Faraci
July 27, 2011
This movie is the definition of a dud, something that just sits inert on screen.
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