The Covenant Reviews

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
[An] unbewitching brew of clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 20, 2009
Director Renny Harlin ("The Long Kiss Goodnight") phones in this thoughtless teen horror flick from screenwriter J.S. Cardone ("The Forsaken").
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
This forgettable supernatural-teen thriller is the kind of WB-style soap opera where the characters have names like Chase Collins and Reid Garwin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 10, 2007
It's a horror film for the MTV generation, a horror film for the audience of "Laguna Beach"...
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
January 27, 2007
... this falls well short of the Buffy-level resonances at which [Harlin] was presumably aiming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 9, 2007
...yet another brainless, utterly disposable thriller geared exclusively towards teenagers...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
January 2, 2007
The Covenant looks less like a movie and more like an extended boy band video -- and with about the same amount of depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 30, 2006
Flying scenes, frat-boy face-offs and pyrotechnic punch-ups are punctuated by excruciating expository dialogue.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
December 30, 2006
Daft but nonetheless enjoyable supernatural thriller, featuring some hilariously bad dialogue, impressive special effects and some genuinely creepy scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
December 30, 2006
Director Renny Harlin helms like a bat out of hell, and obviously doesn't know a pentagram from a mammogram.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
November 23, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
It's not a work of originality and the handheld camerawork gets tedious, but let's hope the message that power corrupts gets through
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 28, 2006
I think the men were cast more for their abs than their acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald
October 13, 2006
Terribly acted, shamelessly unoriginal and executed with little redeeming sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 10, 2006
"A truly lacklustre direct-to-video teen thriller filled with corny effects, chiseled jaw stares and a lot of hokum about Salem witchcraft"
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
October 1, 2006
More nonsensical than scary, THE COVENANT conjures a cautionary tale for prep school pretties.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 1, 2006
The film is not at all suspenseful or creepy, and the cast was apparently chosen for looks rather than acting ability.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Amelie Gillette
AV Club
September 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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