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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
    38
    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
    30
    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
    20
    Muddled and most unmagical offering.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    11
    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: 20 out of 42
  2. Negative: 19 out of 42
  1. Nov 19, 2010
    3
    Epitomizing magic with drug use has never been more superficial than in The Covenant. The cheap exploitations of the young male and female bodies prove how shallow the film really is. The moral of the story is clouded by callow acting and the thrill is drowned out by flat lines. Collapse
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    3
    caters to shallowness of teenagers young adults they tried to make a sexy magic film and came up with this horrible pacing acting weird odd unnecessary scenes Expand
  3. May 20, 2011
    0
    Unfortunately, I was dragged to see this on a date. It's angsty teen nonsense without a single defined element. Thankfully I've blanked most of the plot (what little there was) from my memory until only a grey indistinct blob remains (or perhaps that was what the plot resembled to begin with?) It's dire, truly dire. Expand

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