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Cowboys & Aliens Reviews

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April 24, 2020
The many dysfunctional features of the script translate into scenes that slow down the pace of the footage until it is disrupted, not infrequently, into an authentic trance. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 16, 2019
Cowboys and Aliens purports to be a genre mash-up, which means that somebody needed to figure out how to integrate Western tropes with sci-fi ones. Unfortunately, no one bothered.
June 7, 2019
it takes more than a clever concept to drive a film, and Cowboys & Aliens never rises above that to attain its full potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 7, 2019
Despite a talented pedigree on both sides of the camera, it is a mind-numbingly dull excursion.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
February 8, 2019
Cowboys & Aliens is everything its moniker implies, including a whole lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 5, 2018
The cast is outstanding. The story is compelling-at times, even touching, and the aliens are cool. Sure there are some plot-holes, but they do more right than wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
November 14, 2018
A sci-fi / adventure movie where entertainment (and suspension of disbelief) is the priority; and it's well paced, whilst being neither innovative nor particularly clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2018
It has cowboys. It has aliens. It does exactly what it says on the tin. Unfortunately, it rarely does anything more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 30, 2018
Cowboys and Aliens is a big mess, sure, but I don't know what everybody's screaming about, it's still better than most of the other maggoty offal they've been serving at the multiplex all year long.
May 22, 2018
Cowboys & Aliens succeeds brilliantly as a summer film. Beautifully designed, full of crazy action sequences that are genuinely original, the flick is a perfect escapist fantasy into the Weird West.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 30, 2017
[Jon] Favreau goes for iconic over smart and if you like any of the things on the above check list, chances are you'll have a pretty good time at Cowboys & Aliens.
August 21, 2017
It is a rare film that can take two icons of toughness, namely Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and make them into laughing stock, but Cowboys & Aliens managed this feat repeatedly.
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
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.
May 3, 2015
Why is this gloriously schlocky premise treated with such ponderous solemnity?
June 30, 2013
The film is driven more by its concept than by its plot but it's still a fun summer film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 14, 2013
Expensive, a misfire, but perfectly servicable for what it is
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 2, 2012
Delivers on the promise of an exciting genre mash-up but, even with a talented cast and revered team of writers, fails to weave a fulfilling story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2012
Patchy, if enjoyable in parts, but nowhere near as awesome as that title suggests it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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