This is cobbled-together teenybopper tripe about feuding male witches with nothing to offer but classic bad dialogue.
Gregory Kirschling — Entertainment Weekly
It's super lame.
Nathan Lee — New York Times
... this falls well short of the Buffy-level resonances at which [Harlin] was presumably aiming.
Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]
[An] eardrum-punishing, uninspired composite of X-Men and the Harry Potter series ...
Desson Thomson — Washington Post
Anyone with half a brain is not this movie's target audience.
Ty Burr — Boston Globe
... profoundly mediocre ...
Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News
No one has bothered to develop a coherent story or remotely likable characters to sustain the CGI effects, ear-splitting music, and hyperactive editing.
Reece Pendleton — Chicago Reader
The Covenant has excellent special effects (spiders and specters, oh my!), but it is strikingly lacking in suspense.
David Hiltbrand — Philadelphia Inquirer
Movies like this are why we have eyelids.
Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune
[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.
Justin Chang — Variety
... if this mild teen thriller were a cigarette, it would be a Salem light.
Kyle Smith — New York Post
[Harlin] still can stage a decent super-natural battle royale. But he couldn't scare a mouse. Nor does The Covenant.
Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel
There is not a scary scene in the whole movie.
Stephen Cole — Globe and Mail
... Covenant is devoid of any real scares.
Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter
All that's truly scary about The Covenant are the words that appear before the title: 'A Renny Harlin Film.'
Christy Lemire — Associated Press
The Covenant is a terrible movie, a bucket of water on the teen-witch genre.
Michael Ordona — Los Angeles Times
[An] unbewitching brew of cliches.
Tom Meek — Boston Phoenix
Director Renny Harlin ("The Long Kiss Goodnight") phones in this thoughtless teen horror flick from screenwriter J.S. Cardone ("The Forsaken").
Cole Smithey — ColeSmithey.com
(The Covenant movie review at Hollywood.com)
Brian Marder — Hollywood.com
(The Covenant movie review at Film School Rejects)
Brian Gibson — Film School Rejects
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