• Released
  • July 29, 2011
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 58 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 2,734 Fan Ratings
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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58

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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50

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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40

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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30

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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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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