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The Covenant Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out

December 30, 2006
Amelie Gillette
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

September 30, 2006
Justin Chang
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[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 30, 2006
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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There is not a scary scene in the whole movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 15, 2006
Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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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

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

September 15, 2006
Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
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This is cobbled-together teenybopper tripe about feuding male witches with nothing to offer but classic bad dialogue.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D-

September 13, 2006
Stephen Williams
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The Covenant is just a copycat.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 13, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Movies like this are why we have eyelids.

| Original Score: .5/4

September 13, 2006
Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
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No one has bothered to develop a coherent story or remotely likable characters to sustain the CGI effects, ear-splitting music, and hyperactive editing.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Anyone with half a brain is not this movie's target audience.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

September 13, 2006
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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... a supernatural teen drama that wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to pay good money to see it.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

September 12, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[An] eardrum-punishing, uninspired composite of X-Men and the Harry Potter series ...

Full Review Source: Washington Post

September 10, 2006
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Covenant has excellent special effects (spiders and specters, oh my!), but it is strikingly lacking in suspense.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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... as chilling as a steam shower.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

September 10, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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... if this mild teen thriller were a cigarette, it would be a Salem light.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

September 10, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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It's super lame.

| Original Score: 1/5

September 10, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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... profoundly mediocre ...

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 10, 2006
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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The Covenant is a terrible movie, a bucket of water on the teen-witch genre.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 10, 2006
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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... Covenant is devoid of any real scares.

September 10, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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All that's truly scary about The Covenant are the words that appear before the title: 'A Renny Harlin Film.'

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: D

September 10, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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[Harlin] still can stage a decent super-natural battle royale. But he couldn't scare a mouse. Nor does The Covenant.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

September 8, 2006
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