The Covenant

The Covenant
The Covenant
  • PG-13
  • 1h 37m
  • 2006
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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

Critics Consensus: The Covenant plays out like a teen soap opera, full of pretty faces, wooden acting, laughable dialogue, and little suspense.
Time Out
Nigel Floyd

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

June 21, 2017
Justin Chang

[A] muddled and most unmagical offering.

March 4, 2019
AV Club
Amelie Gillette

There are worse things for a horror-thriller about supernatural high-schoolers to not be. Like not...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Stephen Cole

There is not a scary scene in the whole movie.

March 4, 2019
L.A. Weekly
Luke Y. Thompson

The idiocy and sheer laziness of the whole concept ought to be the sort of thing director Renny Ha...

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.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:September 8, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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