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Rated PG-13 · 118 minutes · 2011

Action, Science fiction, Western
Director John Favreau goes nuts, taking two genres (Westerns and alien-invasion films) and mashing them together. Somehow, he gets the crazy thing to work. It doesn’t hurt that Favreau populated the cast with one major talent after another. In what is surely one of the year’s greater casts, the film features Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Olivia Wilde, Paul Dano and Keith Carradine. It also helps that Favreau proves to be adept at both genres. The movie is a strong, fine-looking Western, and the invading aliens are dark, hostile and effectively scary creations. All in all, this film is as good as it is strange, and a welcome change of pace in a summer rife with superhero epics and sex comedies. It lags a bit in parts, but Craig and Ford make it worthwhile.


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Official Site: www.cowboysandaliensmovie.com
Director: Jon Favreau
Producer: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Scott Rosenberg, Steven Spielberg, Jon Favreau, Denis Stewart, Bobby Cohen, Randy Greenberg and Ryan Kavanaugh
Cast: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Adam Beach, Paul Dano, Noah Ringer, Keith Carradine and Clancy Brown

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Portland Mercury Gunfight at the E.T. Corral James Bond finds a space bracelet in Cowboys & Aliens. by Ned Lannamann 07/28/2011
The Coast Halifax Cowboys & Aliens drags Indiana Jones/James Bond pairing fails to make scifi/western work by Molly Segal 07/28/2011
Colorado Springs Independent No giddyup: Cowboys & Aliens Let's do this: a thing and another thing ... but not the other thing you expect! And the thing is cool, and the other thing is differently cool ... by Jonathan Kiefer 07/28/2011
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Memphis Flyer Cosmic Slop Cowboys and Aliens is a dull echo of two genres. by Addison Engelking 08/04/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy, Stupid, Love., and other film events happening around town. 07/28/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector Cowboys fight aliens; Chileans look for answers above ground and below; Steve Carell stars as a man suddenly forced into the field; and a look inside the New York Times. It's all at the movies. 07/28/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Hollywood Product Cowboys & Aliens These groups just don't play well together by Edward Adams 07/29/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'Cowboys & Aliens' Director Jon Favreau has made a successful genre mash-up that works on many levels--just not enough of them for the film to live up to its hype (or potential) by Ed Johnson-Ott 07/30/2011

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