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The Covenant Reviews

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 30, 2006
Flying scenes, frat-boy face-offs and pyrotechnic punch-ups are punctuated by excruciating expository dialogue.
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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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Justin Chang
Variety
September 30, 2006
[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 15, 2006
There is not a scary scene in the whole movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
September 15, 2006
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
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
September 13, 2006
This is cobbled-together teenybopper tripe about feuding male witches with nothing to offer but classic bad dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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September 13, 2006
The Covenant is just a copycat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 13, 2006
Movies like this are why we have eyelids.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Reece Pendleton
Chicago Reader
September 13, 2006
No one has bothered to develop a coherent story or remotely likable characters to sustain the CGI effects, ear-splitting music, and hyperactive editing.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 13, 2006
Anyone with half a brain is not this movie's target audience.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2006
... a supernatural teen drama that wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to pay good money to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 10, 2006
[An] eardrum-punishing, uninspired composite of X-Men and the Harry Potter series ...
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 10, 2006
The Covenant has excellent special effects (spiders and specters, oh my!), but it is strikingly lacking in suspense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 10, 2006
... as chilling as a steam shower.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 10, 2006
... if this mild teen thriller were a cigarette, it would be a Salem light.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
September 10, 2006
It's super lame.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 10, 2006
... profoundly mediocre ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2006
The Covenant is a terrible movie, a bucket of water on the teen-witch genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
September 10, 2006
... Covenant is devoid of any real scares.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 10, 2006
All that's truly scary about The Covenant are the words that appear before the title: 'A Renny Harlin Film.'
| Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 8, 2006
[Harlin] still can stage a decent super-natural battle royale. But he couldn't scare a mouse. Nor does The Covenant.
| Original Score: 1/5