The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The key to its success lies in the determination by everyone involved to play the damn thing straight. Even the slightest goofiness, the tiniest touch of camp, and the whole thing would blow sky high. But it doesn't.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A hell-for-leather action film with a healthy serving of scares. It really is "Aliens" on the open plains, "Independence Day" for the nation's centennial, and what the movie lacks in originality and stick-to-your-ribs Western authenticity, it makes up for in pell-mell multiplex entertainment.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Take a cowboy movie, add space aliens. That's a gimmick that could easily have exhausted itself after 20 minutes, but director Favreau, a team of screenwriters and some well-cast actors keep it alive, and the result is a crowd-pleasing summer movie with more wit than most.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Neither fish nor fowl (nor extraterrestrial), and that's a problem. Craig, handsomely craggy, plays it straight, and like Eastwood's Man With No Name, he doesn't have much to say.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Cowboys & Aliens has fun moments, but it's a plodding entertainment because it mostly tastes like leftovers.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It looks slick, pricey and starry – Indiana Jones teams up with James Bond for a gunfight with space demons. But even Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig can't save a movie that's all concept, no content.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dialogue is terse and predictable, and the sci-fi thriller portion is even less compelling than the Western saga.
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By Ian Buckwalter
Based on a graphic novel, Cowboys & Aliens never quite transcends the flat dimensions of its source material.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The sole treasure of Cowboys & Aliens is that director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") has fashioned an actual rawhide ride from a graphic novel (that took six writers to wrangle to the screen).
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Cowboys versus aliens is a concept that may make you smile in anticipation, but wipe that smile off your face before buying your ticket.
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50 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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