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  • Summary: Privilege and beauty abound at Spenser Academy, a New England boarding school for the region's reigning elite. Directed by Renny Harlin, The Covenant tells the story of the Sons of Ipswich, four young students bound by their sacred ancestry. As descendants of the original families who settled in Ipswich Colony in the 1600's, the boys have all been born with special powers. When a fifth descendant suddenly moves to town, secrets begin to unravel which threaten to break the covenant of silence that has protected their families for hundreds of years. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 14 out of 16
  1. Harlin, with his customary visual brio, has created a film that is deliriously watchable. It's just not all that interesting. In the end, The Covenant is simply a glossier version of TV's "Charmed."
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The Covenant is dopey, formulaic stuff for the Friday night fright crowd. Worse for them, it's never remotely scary.
  3. Profoundly mediocre supernatural thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    As boredom sets in, the viewer realizes that "The Covenant" does possess one magical power: It afflicts its audience with restless leg syndrome.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Muddled and most unmagical offering.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    Surely nothing Hollywood did in its darkest, most debauched hour could possibly justify the penance we're paying that allows Harlin to continue directing movies.
  7. Crushingly dull teen horror flick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 19 out of 43
  1. Jon
    Jan 15, 2009
    One of the best movies I've seen.
  2. SarahLohan
    Sep 11, 2006
    YEAH!!! The Covenant rules! For me it's one of the best movies 2006. Cool action, nice effects and beautiful guys. Can't wait to see Covenant again. Expand
  3. ConnorM.
    Dec 27, 2006
    This might be one of the worst movies ever. That's why I love it. It has everything... teen partying... stupid fights... spiders... (GASP) near nudity.... oh yah... and boys making out. Yup. Boy kiss scene. I told you it was awesome. Expand
  4. EmericC.
    Aug 22, 2009
    It would've been a good movie they've been thinking a little bit more about the plot. Like in the beginning, why did the cops chase them? Or about the darklings? Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Oct 6, 2006
    What would Paul Schrader's version of "The Covenant" look like? [***SPOILERS***] For starters, at least one of the magic-afflicted teens would die, and at least one teen would feel guilty about being a WASP. This film is so mild; it's as if the filmmaker made a horror film exclusively for pre-teen girls. "The Covenant" seems unaware that the bar has been raised by horror fans in recent years. It's neither nihilistic ("Saw"), nor atmospheric ("The Grudge"). The screenwriter instead borrows liberally from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"(the same metaphor is used when Willow crosses over to the dark side). It also has too many plot holes (the discovery of evidence linking someone to a murder is never followed up), and too many male torsos (a locker room scene full...of guys!). Schrader would also remember that Caleb (Steven Strait), earlier, had warned a friend not to perform magic in public, and nix the scene in which our hero reconstructs a shattered windshield within close proximity to the cops. He'd also direct the pretty girl to scream, or at least wince, when meeting a potential father-in-law, who happens to have giant claws for hands. Expand
  6. MaxM.
    Sep 9, 2006
    Anyone who wants cheesy supernatural homoerotic b-movies needs only to rent any of David DeCoteau's films like "Voodoo Academy" and the "Brotherhood" series. "The Covenant" is a limp, better-budgeted knock-off. Skip it. Expand
  7. Ryencoke
    Sep 8, 2006
    Why all these high ratings? This movie was stupid. The battle scenes were stupid looked brutal. The story line didn't really explain that much detail. I suggest saving your cash. Expand

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