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At Theaters: 7/29/2011 On Video: 12/6/2011
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 579921
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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A stranger with no memory of his past stumbles into the hardscrabble desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. 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. It's a town that lives in fear.
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Action Thriller - This film is exactly what the title says: a western and science fiction mash-up. Fans of Daniel Craig will enjoy but Harrison Ford fans may be disappointed by his more limited screen time. Some action scenes and the alien creature may be too intense for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Daniel Craig DEFIANCE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, THE GOLDEN COMPASS
Harrison Ford MORNING GLORY, EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES
Olivia Wilde TRON: LEGACY, TURISTAS
Sam Rockwell CONVICTION, THE WINNING SEASON, IRON MAN 2
Adam Beach FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, WINDTALKERS, SMOKE SIGNALS
Paul Dano KNIGHT AND DAY, THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Noah Ringer THE LAST AIRBENDER
Director: Jon Favreau IRON MAN 2, IRON MAN, ZATHURA, ELF
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About The Production
Production Design and Props
Drawing From History
Locations and Shooting
Designing The Creatures
Practical Effects and Stunts
Costumes of the Film
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 S-words; 5 GD's; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights with aliens and people.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: Chases, fights, battles.
COMEDY: Occasional comic lines.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good Cowboys & Aliens has a strong start and an action/special effects-packed climax,...

Roger Ebert Full Review
Good The movie will no doubt be popular and deserves success. As preposterous moneymakers go, it's ambitious and well-made. The acting from the large cast is of a high standard, ...

USA Today Full Review
Average Cowboys & Aliens teeters into tepid convention and never makes its way out.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 124 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
93%
13-19Teens (F)
12
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
40
Fairly Low
88%
30+Adults (F)
41
Fairly High
90%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 124 moviegoers:
TEENS:A little better than half of both the males and females loved "Cowboys and Aliens." Most of the rest rated it "Good/Average," which isn't bad but it's also not great. For this type of movie, these aren't great reviews from this age group. BUT, keep in mind that over half LOVED IT and you just might be in this half.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! All the females and nearly all the males loved it.
ADULTS:Both the male and female reviews vary widely. A little better than a third loved it. Roughly another third rated it above average. Most of the rest thought it was just an average movie, with a fair number rating it even lower.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
1875. New Mexico Territory. A stranger (Craig) with no memory of his past stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. 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. Screaming down with breathtaking velocity and blinding lights to abduct the helpless one by one, these monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known.

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. With the help of the elusive traveler Ella (Olivia Wilde), he pulls together a posse comprised of former opponents—townsfolk, Dolarhyde and his boys, outlaws and Apache warriors—all in danger of annihilation. United against a common enemy, they will prepare for an epic showdown for survival.

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