Cowboys & Aliens Synopsis
An amnesiac gunslinger is a frontier town's only hope against extraterrestrial invaders.
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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...
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75

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...
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75

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...
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63

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...
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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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50

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...
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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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45

NPR

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...
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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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Good for what it was

By frogers415
A high explosive cowboy movie with Aliens.....It was a really fun movie, seemed to have alot of slow parts in it, but the action parts were well done and kept your attention through the movie. Acting...

Cowboy Fun!!

By ajallen_02
If you love Cowboys kicking tail then you will love this movie. I went in with the expectation for a good balance of action and ridiculousness and was not disappointed. Loved every bit of this movie,...

Intesting mix

By Wolfman191
Jon Favereu has created an interesting mix of the Sci-Fi/Western. If you are a fan of both genres it's a definite GO!!!...

Cowboys & Aliens

By lilviewed
Cowboys and Aliens has a little something for everyone, the sci-fi monsters and space ship, a little romance, the aura of the old west with its interesting cowboy characters and indians, a kid, a...

Saddle up and ride

By jenlo2
I didn'tknow what to expect and I was very pleasantly surprised. This movie was a good western story - well axted and filmed beautifully. The characters reaction to the aliens and fighting them...

Cowboys and Aliens

By patti59
My husband and I loved the movie.We was not sure if the concept would work,but it did! We plan on seeing again,it was great....

I was really hoping this was gonna work out...

By mtknightdog
"The director of 'Iron Man' presents Bond, Indy and TronGirl fighting aliens in a western setting!" That's pretty much all I knew going into this movie. Unfortunately, that same statement is also...

Cowboys vs Aliens, What could be more fun?

By pibblegrl
It was not a brilliant movie. But, if you're looking for a movie that is entertaining and has a few good laughs in it too- you can't go wrong with this one! I would watch it again, just because it...

Loved it!

By juspain
I really don't understand why some people love this movie, and others absolutely hated it. I didn't know what to expect because of the mixed reviews I heard, but I thought it was freakin...

Good Fun!

By Sylram
I enjoyed Cowboys vs Aliens. It was an interesting twist of a story. Importantly, it was a fun movie!...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For Intense sequences of western and sci-fi action and violence, some partial nudity and a brief crude reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Cool but predictable sci-fi Western has lots of violence.
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