Alien: Covenant Reviews

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March 21, 2019
Unfortunately, it starts off like you're getting a sequel to Prometheus.
May 29, 2017
In space, no one can hear you laugh.
Top Critic
May 26, 2017
Yet again a crew sniffs after a mysterious ping and sticks their nose in a deadly larva pod. Are our astronauts learning? God no. And if the audience expected a different plot, we're not learning, either.
May 26, 2017
As redesigns go, Alien: Covenant is not ambitious, but it's roaringly, repulsively effective.
May 25, 2017
This may not be a movie that reinvents the wheel. But it's one that knows how to make it roll.
May 24, 2017
It's an Alien movie for our times, one in which mankind isn't just under the thumb of an oppressive corporation but sowing the seeds of its own destruction on a more sweeping scale.
May 22, 2017
There are plenty of reasons to shut your eyes and cross your legs while watching this film, but is that the same as being scared?
May 19, 2017
This desire for procreation and preservation of the self - human, alien or artificial - is what motivates every being in the Alien universe, and in Covenant, Scott sets up a thrilling thunderdome in which we can watch this bloody battle unfold.
May 19, 2017
If this is your idea of a good time, you can tick away the film's two-plus hours guessing which crew members will get offed, and in what order.
May 19, 2017
Peel away the big budget genre film's veneer of Western Civ for Dummies (Michelangelo, Wagner, Byron and Shelley) and what you have is rather conventional Lego blocks of sci-fi horror.
May 19, 2017
The new film is intended to act as several things, none of them particularly admirable.
May 19, 2017
The first "Alien" had better special effects. Watch it instead.
May 18, 2017
Yet director Ridley Scott -- who birthed the original nearly 40 years ago as well as that last film -- plunges back into the latter's mythology, with equally uninspired and perhaps more blatantly derivative results.
May 18, 2017
Despite a few remnants of the earlier film's obscure genesis story, most of the action in Covenant plays like an elaboration on the original Alien (1979).
May 18, 2017
It's not the greatest show on earth, no, but it's a bloody, scary, energetic two hours at the movies -- proof positive that when the words Alien and Ridley Scott appear in the same sentence, it's cause for excitement.
Top Critic
May 18, 2017
A shamelessly high-minded, Byron-and-Shelley-quoting existential inquiry into the origin of three species and the nature of belief that goes slumming in genre territory just enough to get itself greenlit.
May 18, 2017
Alien: Covenant combines high-minded sci-fi ideas with the visceral horror-inspired shock aspects of a slasher movie.
May 18, 2017
Alien: Covenant takes place prior to the events of the original Alien (1979), but since it was filmed in the mid-2010s, it's an impressive technical achievement, with amazing CGI special effects plunging us deep into outer space and deep into the future.
May 18, 2017
Clearly, the elder Scott's aim is on the scares - and oh, what satisfying, terrifying, screams-echoing-down-a-ship's-corridor scares they are.
May 18, 2017
The good news is that David is back, in a way that doubles down... on his potential and gives Mr. Fassbender lots to do. And the bad news? This new Alien prequel is mostly a gore fest, which may be great news for gluttons of the genre.
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