What started as 'True Grit'-meets-'War of the Worlds' ends up closer to - whisper it - 'Wild Wild West'.
Takes itself much too seriously, with acts of brutality outnumbering the gags.
As its title indicates, this is a strange cross of movie genres, and lest any viewers get antsy, it doesn't allow much time to pass before we first encounter UFOs in the Old West. The film takes its time unraveling the rest of the story...
It's fun to think about what Cowboys & Aliens might have been if any creativity had crept past the title page.
Cowboys & Aliens is an agreeable time-killer, but I'll bet a couple of clever kids could make a livelier movie with a Woody puppet and a Predator doll.
[A] phenomenally successful two-man war against narrative clarity and continuity.
A film that entertains, even if it doesn't live up to the full-on madness potential the title portended.
It's just big silly fun, the kind you're supposed to have at a summer movie with a ridiculous title.
The small moments of poetry ... are lost amid too much digital sound and fury.