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
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
This forgettable supernatural-teen thriller is the kind of WB-style soap opera where the characters have names like Chase Collins and Reid Garwin.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
It's a horror film for the MTV generation, a horror film for the audience of "Laguna Beach"...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
...yet another brainless, utterly disposable thriller geared exclusively towards teenagers...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dean Essner - Irish Times
The Covenant looks less like a movie and more like an extended boy band video -- and with about the same amount of depth.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Utterly stupid and full of lazy plotting and lazier dialogue, this is just idiotic enough to entertain on nights when you want to give your brain a rest.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Flying scenes, frat-boy face-offs and pyrotechnic punch-ups are punctuated by excruciating expository dialogue.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
A patently silly supernatural teen drama, in which a bunch of Young Hollywood types flex their abs and aim their perfectly-calibrated glances at each other.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Daft but nonetheless enjoyable supernatural thriller, featuring some hilariously bad dialogue, impressive special effects and some genuinely creepy scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Director Renny Harlin helms like a bat out of hell, and obviously doesn't know a pentagram from a mammogram.
Jamie Russell - BBC
O maximo que este O Pacto consegue e transformar-se, em seus instantes finais, em uma especie de Mortal Kombat para imbecis. E, ainda assim, com dificuldade.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's not a work of originality and the handheld camerawork gets tedious, but let's hope the message that power corrupts gets through
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
I think the men were cast more for their abs than their acting.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Terribly acted, shamelessly unoriginal and executed with little redeeming sense of humour.
George Palathingal - Sydney Morning Herald
"A truly lacklustre direct-to-video teen thriller filled with corny effects, chiseled jaw stares and a lot of hokum about Salem witchcraft"
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The film is not at all suspenseful or creepy, and the cast was apparently chosen for looks rather than acting ability.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
More nonsensical than scary, THE COVENANT conjures a cautionary tale for prep school pretties.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
Surely nothing Hollywood did in its darkest, most debauched hour could possibly justify the penance we're paying that allows Renny Harlin to continue directing movies.
Josh Rosenblatt - Austin Chronicle
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.
Amelie Gillette - AV Club
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
With just a little more effort, The Covenant could have been a classic example of a movie so bad that it's actually good. Sadly, it doesn't even achieve that.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
doesn't move in any direction and instead wanders without much aim at all
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
With its barely-distinguishable teen-model cast and earnestness, it comes off like an overlong episode of a WB series that never got off the ground.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
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
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
WB-style homoerotic teen escapism.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
I would not encourage you to waste your money on this one.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
This supernatural story doesn't muster much horror, much less tap into the thriller aspect.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Here's a sort of "The Craft" with males at its center.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's as if the WB took Harry Potter and turned it into Five Hot Underwear Models Go Back to High School and Do Magic...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Rejoice: it's a little like a cross between The Lost Boys and Zapped!.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
This inane film is definitely a wayward canine in need of an animal-control officer.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
The Covenant is just a copycat.
Stephen Williams - Newsday
... a supernatural teen drama that wouldn't be so bad if you didn't have to pay good money to see it.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
The Covenant is highly derivative, lazily shot and jaggedly edited. It's yet another example of how Renny Harlin has become the very model of a modern major hack.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
nothing more than a bunch of Abercrombie and Fitch models and some special effects.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
This sophomoric supernatural stinker couldn't put a convincing spell on a disabled frog. The Covenant has all the intriguing mysticism of a bent magic wand.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Whoops! A schlocky direct-to-video thriller accidentally got released into theaters!
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This sort of thing might work as a desperation rental -- like if you've been injected with poison and must keep watching incredibly lame movies or die ...
Alex Markerson - E! Online
... as chilling as a steam shower.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
... one hopes, perhaps naively, that there'd be some kind of message amid the special effects and nubile bodies.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
The latest from a generation of filmmakers whose influence stems primarily from WB sitcom aesthetics and PlayStation videogame storylines, The Covenant falls into theaters like a fashion magazine adapted to the screen.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Limitless powers, and all we get are some spiders, some Blobs, and some supernatural hair gel.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
None of them can act worth a lick, but all of them would be perfect for an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Essentially, Covenant is about young, wet, 'CW' ready underwear models running around hurling 'magical' gelatin blobs at each other while they compete for screen time with their own abs.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Cleverly takes the lure of illegal drugs and links it to super powers.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
A guys-for-girls version of Charmed. It's sad indeed when one's making movies that wouldn't even have passed muster on a network that no longer exists.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Moviegoers need to band together for a covenant -- stop buying tickets to Renny Harlin movies.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
... a diluted remix of Lost Boys.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
it's really nothing more than really bad dialogue spoken by some of the most beautiful kids in Hollywood who can't act their way out of a paper bag
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Dave White - Movies.com
Where do WB pilots go when they die? Perhaps they're reincarnated as lousy supernatural thrillers.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The Covenant virtually resets the bar for mediocrity in horror thrillers.
D. Scott Apel - Reel.com
It fails utterly as a horror picture, although it delivers plenty of PG-13-rated flesh and unintentional laughs.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide