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Cowboys & Aliens

6.01 h 58 min2011X-RayPG-13
HD. Gunslinger Daniel Craig and greedy cattle baron Harrison Ford lead a small town against an hostile alien invasion in this sci-fi/western.
Jon Favreau
Daniel CraigHarrison FordOlivia Wilde
Science FictionSuspenseAction
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Sam RockwellAdam BeachPaul DanoNoah Ringer
Brian GrazerRon HowardAlex KurtzmanRoberto OrciScott Mitchell Rosenberg
Universal Pictures
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.5 out of 5 stars

9680 global ratings

  1. 71% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 18% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 2% of reviews have 1 stars
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C. JackReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loads of F U N!!!
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Don't you TIRE of reviews and critics that just cannot get over themselves? Sometimes movies were meant to just be fun and entertaining. That is just what this is. Bad guys...bad aliens...and people rising to the occasion to help succeed and defeat a common foe. Several nice twists.

Critic reviews hurt this film at the box office. Glad to see it here with 4.5 stars. That rating is reward enough...and that it is doing well on the rental market. Hopefully DVD sales will also make up for the box office.

Here's something to think about -- before the onslaught of films that broke the 1 billion mark, there were films like these that entertained and made a couple hundred million. Loved Daniel Craig in this, and the twist with the Apaches and others.

I'm so happy I finally got to see it. Even though critics call this a "mistep" for Spielberg, I say that it was an entertaining action flick from start to finish.
60 people found this helpful
HiDefGuyReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Squandered opportunity by Favreaux
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Cowboys and Aliens has the kernel of a good movie in it - it gets two stars from me because it's a completely squandered opportunity. The storyline isn't a bad one. But the movie suffers from major problems - the first is the complete miscasting of Daniel Craig playing a Clint Eastwood-esque cowboy - of course that doesn't work at any level, he doesn't have the physical stature required, nor the demeanor/countenance and is simply the wrong kind of actor for this role (just as Eastwood would be the wrong actor to play King Lear, but Craig would ace it).

That central miscasting is amplified by Jon Favreau's direction. Favreaux does a good job of handling the action and F/X scenes, but everything else is shot with a total lack of visual style - he got away with that in Iron Man etc. but if you're papering over casting cracks you need to work a bit harder on the visuals, and he shoots most scenes apparently without paying any attention to Craig's on-screen awkwardness. Consequently there's a major lack of investment by the viewer in the characters and a disjointedness about the entire movie. Harrison Ford is good as the grumpy, snarling old colonel, he's a very good actor. Several other of the cast are wasted in minor roles (Sam Rockwell's casting is criminal).

Something didn't go right in pre-production, the screenplay has EIGHT writing credits yet major name producers (Spielberg, Grazer and Howard). But I don't think it's a problem with the screenplay, it feels like a problem with the realization by Favreau, my guess is that cinematographer Matthew Libatique was doing the best he could under the circumstances.
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TomKReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
My expectations were not met
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This movie I love. Just the right mix of Western and Sci-Fi with a good story. I give the movie 5 stars. I learned something, however, that disappointed me about this BD version that I didn't expect or want to know. I wasn't aware that there was an extended version which is 17 minutes longer than the theatrical version. So I purchased it. On the disk are both versions. The theatrical version is formatted 1080P but the extended version is only 720P not the 1080P advertised (my disappointment). I can see the difference in quality on my 65" OLED TV capable of 4K quality but I doubt it would be a big deal for smaller TVs 50" or less. The meta movie data tells the story of formatting in the photos above.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on May 25, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Story and characters aren't compelling enough to make you care
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Cowboys & Aliens was a sci-fi action film based upon a graphic novel of the same name. It was directed by Jon Favreau who had huge hopes for it after his successes with Iron Man and Iron Man 2. With a cast of Harrison Ford as Colonel Dolarhyde, Daniel Craig as Jake Lonergan, Olivia Wilde as Ella Swenson, Sam Rockwell as Doc, and Paul Dano as Percy Dolarhyde it seemed like a sure thing. Unfortunately it was a box office and critical flop. That’s because the story was mediocre.

The movie is set in the Old West where aliens are attacking towns and kidnapping humans. Here’s the root of the problem. The audience is supposed to care about the story because the characters have suffered losses at the hands of the aliens. Lonergan however barely talks, while Dolarhyde is a curmudgeon. Neither is compelling so there’s no reason to buy into the movie as a result.
10 people found this helpful
Richard A. TuckerReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fun but not groundbreaking
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I like this film. Loving it is not an option but it is entertaining. I'm a sucker for gritty westerns and this one get's awfully gritty for a western based SF spectacle. It's not as grandly episodic as it could have been. It's weird too because the cast does a fine job (Ford and Craig are not wasted in the least) and the FX is top notch. Where it falls a bit flat is the final fight and oddly lacking sense of resolution. With what everyone's been through, the death, trauma and revelation of life from other worlds, to return to life as usual, just feels a bit pat, uninspired. Yes, some people have changed for the better. They have a softer edge for the experiences shared but that just didn't feel like it was enough.
The pace is decent enough and there's room for wonder and humanity in the effort. It just could have been more.
Maybe it's the premise and how it was handled by way of the machine that is Hollywood production standards.
It's still fine and fun and, for me, worth owning.
I won't say I could have done better.
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GCMReviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Mild violence? Incorrect label. It was very violent.
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Let me start by saying that this is a great cast. I am old enough to look for interesting characters separate from the script. However, I noticed immediately that this movie was designated as "mild violence" , which I was relieved to see. THEN in the opening scene, in space of 10 seconds, the main character stabs, shoots and kills three men; not mention a horse or two. From there people are shot, blown up, punched, and it goes almost without mentioning, terrifyingly kidnapped, tortured and killed by grotesque aliens. I was expecting aliens, but not the peripheral violence. That opening scene was man to man, as was most of the "hateful" violence. For that reason I think that this movie should have a stronger violence rating.
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ZealityReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fun to watch
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wasn't sure what to expect going into this movie. Never heard of such a thing Aliens in the wild west WOW. But damned if they didn't pull it off in style no less. It was good to see Harrison Ford out there still doing his thing as only he can. A fun movie to watch and that's what we're here for any way right?
31 people found this helpful
C. SzolcReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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Apparently a great many people enjoyed this movie. I'm afraid I wasn't one of them.

There weren't many likeable characters. The few with any redeemable qualities had little to do. Harrison Ford was wasted in role that was cliche, uninteresting, and unnecessary. Daniel Craig was okay, but he was in a rather dumb movie, so he didn't shine. Olivia Wilde's character was critical to the plot, but her contribution to the movie was minimal. Adam Beach made the most of his small part. Sam Rockwell always does a good job, but there wasn't much here for him to do.

Some others got their turns on screen, but that's what it seemed like, letting each actor try to go something with a character that had a few minutes of superficial, often cliche dialog or pointless action.

I can see how a young person might enjoy the aliens, but the battle scenes were quite violent.

There was a lot of action, numerous A-list actors, and still I was bored.
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