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80
The key to its success lies in the determination by everyone involved to play the damn thing straight. Even the slightest goofiness, the tiniest touch of camp, and the whole thing would blow sky high. But it doesn't.
75
Take a cowboy movie, add space aliens. That's a gimmick that could easily have exhausted itself after 20 minutes, but director Favreau, a team of screenwriters and some well-cast actors keep it alive, and the result is a crowd-pleasing summer movie with more wit than most.
75
Cowboys & Aliens has without any doubt the most cockamamie plot I've witnessed in many a moon.
63
Neither fish nor fowl (nor extraterrestrial), and that's a problem. Craig, handsomely craggy, plays it straight, and like Eastwood's Man With No Name, he doesn't have much to say.
60
Like the Inuit and their many words for "snow," Jake has a thousand squinty faces and they all mean "Bugger off."
58
Cowboys & Aliens has fun moments, but it's a plodding entertainment because it mostly tastes like leftovers.
50
Dialogue is terse and predictable, and the sci-fi thriller portion is even less compelling than the Western saga.
50
It looks slick, pricey and starry - Indiana Jones teams up with James Bond for a gunfight with space demons. But even Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig can't save a movie that's all concept, no content.
45
Based on a graphic novel, Cowboys & Aliens never quite transcends the flat dimensions of its source material.
40
The sole treasure of Cowboys & Aliens is that director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") has fashioned an actual rawhide ride from a graphic novel (that took six writers to wrangle to the screen).
30
A leaden mash-up of western and science-fiction elements that ends up noisy, grotesque and unappealing.
30
Cowboys versus aliens is a concept that may make you smile in anticipation, but wipe that smile off your face before buying your ticket.

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