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.
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.
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.
August 19, 2011
If you can swallow the shameless set-up, it's all highly entertaining.
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.
August 18, 2011
Favreau ... allows the material's imaginative possibilities to flare up and fade away.
August 18, 2011
The density of inanity at the conceptual core of this crass sci-fi western starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford pushes outwards, inflating fatuous substance and propelling bric-a-brac in all directions.
August 18, 2011
Yes, yes, cowboys punching aliens in the face can be funny. But it doesn't make this silly endeavour worthwhile.
August 17, 2011
Craig is a bona fide action star who shouldn't be reduced to spitting out lines like "Demons took your gold" in a husky Southern drawl.
August 17, 2011
What started as 'True Grit'-meets-'War of the Worlds' ends up closer to - whisper it - 'Wild Wild West'.
August 15, 2011
A simple entertainment in a summer of overcomplicated disappointments. Also much harder-edged than you may have expected.
August 8, 2011
Takes itself much too seriously, with acts of brutality outnumbering the gags.
August 4, 2011
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 2, 2011
It's fun to think about what Cowboys & Aliens might have been if any creativity had crept past the title page.
August 1, 2011
It's a straight bland whiskey drink of a western, with a garnish of aliens on top.
July 31, 2011
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.
July 29, 2011
[A] phenomenally successful two-man war against narrative clarity and continuity.
July 29, 2011
Reminiscent of 'Starship Troopers.' Just about everything in it is downright ridiculous, but it's such an amusing and enjoyable fantastical adventure, who cares?
July 29, 2011
Director Jon Favreau earns his Western bona fides with a sharp eye for casting and locations. The first characters we see, after Daniel Craig, are a trio of authentic-looking cowboys played by Western veteran Buck Taylor and his two sons...
July 29, 2011
As bland as as plate of frontier beans.
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