The Covenant

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The Covenant
The Covenant
  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2006
Rotten4%
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To the students of the Spenser Academy, the Sons of Ipswich are the baddest boys on campus. But that's not all they share. The four friends also share a 300-year-old secret: they're warlocks, the teenage descendants of a 17th-century coven of witches. So when the long-banished fifth son suddenly appears and threatens to kill their loved ones, they realize they must face their enemy in order to prevent him from stealing their powers and shattering the covenant forever.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten4%
Critics Consensus: The Covenant plays out like a teen soap opera, full of pretty faces, wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and little suspense.
Reviews
Guardian
Andrew Pulver
Rotten

... this falls well short of the Buffy-level resonances at which [Harlin] was presumably aiming.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Nigel Floyd
Rotten

Flying scenes, frat-boy face-offs and pyrotechnic punch-ups are punctuated by excruciating exposit...

June 21, 2017
BBC.com
Jamie Russell
Rotten

Director Renny Harlin helms like a bat out of hell, and obviously doesn't know a pentagram from a...

June 21, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
George Palathingal
Rotten

Terribly acted, shamelessly unoriginal and executed with little redeeming sense of humour.

June 21, 2017
Variety
Justin Chang
Rotten

[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.

March 4, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Bland horror movie is more silly than scary.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie posits four handsome prep school students as descendents of witches, with destructive powers and arrogant attitudes. The film's violence includes plenty of bodies slamming against/through walls, as evidence of the "force" the boys wield, as well as cars flying off a cliff, crashing, and exploding, and spells that send girls into convulsive comas. A dead body alarms a policeman who discovers it in a car. A girl is threatened by a ghostlike figure in the shower. Prep school-aged characters drink, and talk about the power as addictive (alluding to drugs, sort of). A mother smokes and drinks liquor to show her displeasure with her life married to a selfish male witch. Some profanity.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:September 8, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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