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The Covenant (2006)

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Reviews Counted: 72
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 70

The Covenant plays out like a teen soap opera, full of pretty faces, wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and little suspense.

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Average Rating: 2.8/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 20

The Covenant plays out like a teen soap opera, full of pretty faces, wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and little suspense.

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An ancient secret threatens to unleash the powers of darkness on a group of modern prep school students when the sole survivor of a cursed bloodline returns to lay claim to the powers denied to him centuries ago in a supernatural teen thriller from director Renny Harlin and screenwriter J.S. Cardone. The story begins in 1692, when five families from the Ipswich Colony of Massachusetts formed a covenant of silence that would forever protect their remarkable powers. One family went too far,

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

J.S. Cardone

Jan 2, 2007

$23.3M

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All Critics (75) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (70) | DVD (14)

Flying scenes, frat-boy face-offs and pyrotechnic punch-ups are punctuated by excruciating expository dialogue.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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There is not a scary scene in the whole movie.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The idiocy and sheer laziness of the whole concept ought to be the sort of thing director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea) could make into glorious cinematic cheese...but he's hamstrung

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This is cobbled-together teenybopper tripe about feuding male witches with nothing to offer but classic bad dialogue.

September 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The Covenant is just a copycat.

September 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comment (1)
Newsday
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[An] unbewitching brew of clichés.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Director Renny Harlin ("The Long Kiss Goodnight") phones in this thoughtless teen horror flick from screenwriter J.S. Cardone ("The Forsaken").

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

This forgettable supernatural-teen thriller is the kind of WB-style soap opera where the characters have names like Chase Collins and Reid Garwin.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's a horror film for the MTV generation, a horror film for the audience of "Laguna Beach"...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

... this falls well short of the Buffy-level resonances at which [Harlin] was presumably aiming.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

...yet another brainless, utterly disposable thriller geared exclusively towards teenagers...

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Covenant looks less like a movie and more like an extended boy band video -- and with about the same amount of depth.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

A patently silly supernatural teen drama, in which a bunch of Young Hollywood types flex their abs and aim their perfectly-calibrated glances at each other.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Daft but nonetheless enjoyable supernatural thriller, featuring some hilariously bad dialogue, impressive special effects and some genuinely creepy scenes.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Comment (1)
ViewLondon

Director Renny Harlin helms like a bat out of hell, and obviously doesn't know a pentagram from a mammogram.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Utterly stupid and full of lazy plotting and lazier dialogue, this is just idiotic enough to entertain on nights when you want to give your brain a rest.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (2)
Empire Magazine

O máximo que este O Pacto consegue é transformar-se, em seus instantes finais, em uma espécie de Mortal Kombat para imbecis. E, ainda assim, com dificuldade.

November 23, 2006
Cinema em Cena

It's not a work of originality and the handheld camerawork gets tedious, but let's hope the message that power corrupts gets through

November 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

I think the men were cast more for their abs than their acting.

October 28, 2006 Full Review Source: KPBS.org | Comment (1)
KPBS.org

Terribly acted, shamelessly unoriginal and executed with little redeeming sense of humour.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

"A truly lacklustre direct-to-video teen thriller filled with corny effects, chiseled jaw stares and a lot of hokum about Salem witchcraft"

October 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

More nonsensical than scary, THE COVENANT conjures a cautionary tale for prep school pretties.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film is not at all suspenseful or creepy, and the cast was apparently chosen for looks rather than acting ability.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

There are worse things for a horror-thriller about supernatural high-schoolers to not be. Like not scary. Or not thrilling. Or not as entertaining as an episode of Charmed.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for The Covenant

More aimed at younger teens as it's trying to get in on the Twilight supernatural scene.
October 3, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

All of these stars are purely because of the attractive men and the actually alright story with some great thrills and action scenes.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

There was nothing special about it. Can be boring (most of the time) but got some cool action flicks. The ending was way too corny. Such a lame fight I tell you. Watch this if you're Steven's fan . But I'm not his fan so it was kinda waste of time for me.
March 21, 2011
3niR
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Stylish but the story needs lots of work and the actors need some acting classes. All they do is look pretty. :P
February 1, 2011
Raajay

Super Reviewer

    1. Caleb Danvers: I... will you... Nothing.
    – Submitted by Jmae D (18 months ago)
    1. Reid Garwin: Harry Potter can kiss my ass!
    – Submitted by George P (19 months ago)
    1. Reid Garwin: Harry Potter can kiss my ass!
    – Submitted by Terri M (2 years ago)
    1. Caleb Danvers: [talking to Reid about using his powers] What will it take for you to get it? It's addictive you moron!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Chase Collins: Did you see my problem here? I like to use... a lot. Only... no one ever told me about the... effects, the damage, the addiction.
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
    1. Chase Collins: Come to save little Ms. Muffet, have we? Well, you're too late. A spider came and sat down beside her and frightened Ms. Muffet away!
    – Submitted by Lea L (2 years ago)
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