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Cowboys & Aliens (2011)



Critic Consensus: Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford are as dependably appealing as ever, but they're let down by director Jon Favreau's inability to smooth Cowboys & Aliens' jarring tonal shifts.

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1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don't welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). It's a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. Now, the stranger they rejected is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he's been, he realizes he holds a secret that could give the town a fighting chance against the alien force. -- (C) Official Site

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Daniel Craig
as Jake Lonergan
Olivia Wilde
as Ella Swenson
Harrison Ford
as Woodrow Dolarhyde
Paul Dano
as Percy Dolarhyde
Adam Beach
as Nat Colorado
Noah Ringer
as Emmett Taggart
Brendan Wayne
as Charlie Lyle
Buck Taylor
as Wes Claiborne
Matt Taylor
as Luke Claiborne
Cooper Taylor
as Mose Claiborne
Clancy Brown
as Meacham
Chris Browning
as Jed Parker
Keith Carradine
as Sheriff John Taggart
Toby Huss
as Roy Murphy
Wyatt Russell
as Little Mickey
Jimmy Jatho
as Saloon Patron
Kenny Call
as Greavy
Garret James Noel
as Gang Member
David O'Hara
as Pat Dolan
Chad Randall
as Bull McCade
Scout Hendrickson
as Jake's Gang Member
Raoul Trujillo
as Black Knife
David Midthunder
as Apache Warrior 1
Mo Brings Plenty
as Apache Warrior 2
Phillip Pike
as Apache Singer
Calum Blaylock
as Apache Singer
Paul Ortega
as Medicine Man
Nathaniel Chee
as Apache Dancer
Robyn Simmons
as Apache Dancer
Simon Choneska
as Apache Dancer
David Chee
as Apache Dancer
Vonda Tso
as Apache Dancer
Freddie Apache
as Apache Dancer
Lariat Geronimo
as Apache Dancer
Oliver Enjady
as Apache Dancer
Rex Rideout
as Fiddler
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Critic Reviews for Cowboys & Aliens

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (67)

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.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If you can swallow the shameless set-up, it's all highly entertaining.

August 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 19, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Favreau ... allows the material's imaginative possibilities to flare up and fade away.

August 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cowboys & Aliens


Now this film is one of the most entertaining films Jon Favreau has directed, And I love the first Iron Man film. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wild all do good jobs as the main characters, and the side characters are all well done too, Clancy Brown as the pastor, and Sam Rockwell as the Doctor all do fantastic jobs. The aliens in this movie have similar desires like the aliens in the terrible film "Battlefield Earth" They want gold, why I couldn't figure it out and am not sure if they mention it. The aliens look interesting, and I will say one thing right now that is a bit of a subplot with one of the aliens and Daniel Craigs character.The film starts out pretty slow but once the aliens show up, it speeds on by like nothing and is a definite thrill ride. The ending 35 minute action scene is incredible to watch and is very well done. All I have to say is, if you're squeamish or very jumpy in horror movies, don't see this, but if you aren't and want a fun action western film, check this out. My final rating 3.5*s out of 5

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

An embarrassment for all involved. I'm rooting for the Indians, in this case.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

Every now and again along comes a great idea for a movie ... that simply fails when it comes to execution. The Western that the film begins as is actually okay (if generic), but when the sci-fi portion kicks in, uhh, nothing. Its like they forgot to have fun with the concept. The actors are okay (Craig doing an okay Yank accent, Ford given little to do but grouse), the whole work servicible, but its akin to being served a meal w/o the main course. You leave wanting more.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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