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Alien: Covenant Reviews

March 21, 2019
Unfortunately, it starts off like you're getting a sequel to Prometheus.
May 29, 2017
In space, no one can hear you laugh.
Top Critic
May 26, 2017
Yet again a crew sniffs after a mysterious ping and sticks their nose in a deadly larva pod. Are our astronauts learning? God no. And if the audience expected a different plot, we're not learning, either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 26, 2017
As redesigns go, Alien: Covenant is not ambitious, but it's roaringly, repulsively effective.
May 25, 2017
This may not be a movie that reinvents the wheel. But it's one that knows how to make it roll.
May 24, 2017
It's an Alien movie for our times, one in which mankind isn't just under the thumb of an oppressive corporation but sowing the seeds of its own destruction on a more sweeping scale.
May 22, 2017
There are plenty of reasons to shut your eyes and cross your legs while watching this film, but is that the same as being scared?
May 19, 2017
This desire for procreation and preservation of the self - human, alien or artificial - is what motivates every being in the Alien universe, and in Covenant, Scott sets up a thrilling thunderdome in which we can watch this bloody battle unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 19, 2017
If this is your idea of a good time, you can tick away the film's two-plus hours guessing which crew members will get offed, and in what order.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 19, 2017
Peel away the big budget genre film's veneer of Western Civ for Dummies (Michelangelo, Wagner, Byron and Shelley) and what you have is rather conventional Lego blocks of sci-fi horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2017
The new film is intended to act as several things, none of them particularly admirable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2017
The first "Alien" had better special effects. Watch it instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 18, 2017
Yet director Ridley Scott -- who birthed the original nearly 40 years ago as well as that last film -- plunges back into the latter's mythology, with equally uninspired and perhaps more blatantly derivative results.
May 18, 2017
Despite a few remnants of the earlier film's obscure genesis story, most of the action in Covenant plays like an elaboration on the original Alien (1979).
May 18, 2017
It's not the greatest show on earth, no, but it's a bloody, scary, energetic two hours at the movies -- proof positive that when the words Alien and Ridley Scott appear in the same sentence, it's cause for excitement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
May 18, 2017
A shamelessly high-minded, Byron-and-Shelley-quoting existential inquiry into the origin of three species and the nature of belief that goes slumming in genre territory just enough to get itself greenlit.
May 18, 2017
Alien: Covenant combines high-minded sci-fi ideas with the visceral horror-inspired shock aspects of a slasher movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2017
Alien: Covenant takes place prior to the events of the original Alien (1979), but since it was filmed in the mid-2010s, it's an impressive technical achievement, with amazing CGI special effects plunging us deep into outer space and deep into the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2017
Clearly, the elder Scott's aim is on the scares - and oh, what satisfying, terrifying, screams-echoing-down-a-ship's-corridor scares they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2017
The good news is that David is back, in a way that doubles down... on his potential and gives Mr. Fassbender lots to do. And the bad news? This new Alien prequel is mostly a gore fest, which may be great news for gluttons of the genre.
May 18, 2017
A story like this can't get by on terror alone. It also needs good actors to put it across, and Alien: Convenant more than delivers on that score.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 18, 2017
Scott is giving the audience what it wants, but purists may wonder whether simply re-watching "Alien" would have provided scarier, more genuine jolts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 18, 2017
Ridley Scott finishes what he started in Prometheus: the story of David (Michael Fassbender), a sentient creation who discovers that his creator is laughably inferior, but still potentially useful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 18, 2017
It's a maddeningly uneven picture, with an action climax staged and executed with the air of a contractual agreement. But as with "Prometheus," the most elegantly wrought sequences make up for the monster stuff plainly less interesting to Scott.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 18, 2017
Gory, Gothic and more than a little goofy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 18, 2017
As an A-level horror movie, "Alien: Covenant" is satisfying enough to arguably stand as the third-best entry in the series, after "Alien" and James Cameron's majestic "Aliens" (1986).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2017
It has to be admitted that Scott and his team have retained their ability to make the flesh crawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 17, 2017
This movie may be a convulsively entertaining throwback to Scott's glory days, but to look upon Fassbender, with his icy and seductive post-human gaze, is to behold this franchise's future.
May 17, 2017
A film that mostly delivers the goods, even if it doesn't quite possess the nerve-racking suspense of the first film nor the electric Earth mom-vs.-alien mom catharsis of James Cameron's "Aliens."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 17, 2017
Though the scale is large and the action takes up a fair chunk of the screen time, "Alien: Covenant" remains grounded in its ideas and in the struggles of its individual characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2017
It's covering old ground - the shocking originality of the first Alien is a one-time thing. No worries. I'd rank Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant with the best of the series, right after the initial one-two punch. Fans are going to freak out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2017
Mr. Scott is, in any case, a nearly spoiler-proof filmmaker. Even his lesser efforts are infused with enough craft and energy to keep you engaged and surprised, and "Alien: Covenant" is no exception.
May 17, 2017
Covenant does succeed in continuing Prometheus' ambition to deepen the Alien mythology with a meaning-of-life bent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 17, 2017
It has plenty of scares and an actual plot, which, if sometimes predictable - all of these movies are in some ways the ultimate game of survival - is still satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 16, 2017
"Covenant" rips through plot points and action set pieces with the speed of a xenomorph ripping through flesh. The story is a whirlwind smash-and-grab.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2017
The dialogue of Alien: Covenant is often clunky and its plot repetitious. (As usual these days, there are too many climaxes.) But it's scary and splatterful, which is all it really needs to be.
May 16, 2017
It's all "Alien Classic," only with more of everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2017
This is the third best Alien movie after the first two, but don't be surprised if repeat viewings kick it up a notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 14, 2017
There are long sections of Alien: Covenant that amount to the best filmmaking Scott has produced in decades. By the standards of contemporary blockbusters, it's a very deliberate film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 14, 2017
Grandiose, exhilarating, vertiginously cynical and symphonically perverse, and around a million miles from the crowd-pleasing Alien retread Twentieth Century Fox have presumably been begging [Ridley Scott] to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 12, 2017
You are, frankly, astonished that in the nearly four decades since Ridley Scott's first Alien burst spectacularly out of John Hurt's chest, this aggressive face pack of a creature... is still flourishing cinematically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2017
In attempting to play off nostalgia - Alien's stomach-churning suspense, the electrifying action of Aliens, and the religious gravitas of Prometheus - Scott takes on more than one film could handle, and misses all three.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 11, 2017
Covenant unfolds as a hybrid of the ponderous philosophy in Prometheus and the run-and-gun survival tactics of the first two Alien movies, landing on plenty of satisfying beats but struggling to balance the dissonant approaches.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
May 11, 2017
Even as a cog in a machine, Covenant isn't a very important one.
May 11, 2017
It's clear that Scott is no longer inspired by long-headed, scaly-tailed beasties; the characters who fascinate him are the philosophical replicants who were in his second science-fiction classic, Blade Runner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 11, 2017
In space no one can hear you yawn. Screaming, in the latest Alien movie, no longer seems a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2017
It's a tall order of thrills and theology that the ever gung-ho Scott, working from a script by John Logan and Dante Harper, comes close to pulling off.
May 10, 2017
The result is a perfectly acceptable sequel that should satisfy the die-hard fans of the series while also entertaining newcomers. What it isn't, though, is remotely original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 10, 2017
Every second here is tinged with dark foreboding, with the relentless tension that marked the 1979 original. And, for good measure, there's plenty of shooting aliens in the face, too.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2017
This entry feels vital, freshly thought out and keen to keep us on our toes right up to the concluding scene.
May 9, 2017
In short, it's more of the same, which is both a relief to fans and a letdown to those hoping it might pave new ground.
May 7, 2017
Alien: Covenant indulges in a spectacle that's been missing from summer movies for the past decade or so. It grosses you out and then laughs at you while you puke (not literally).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 7, 2017
The film is very capably made, with forceful, potent performances from Waterston and Fassbender. That franchise title is, however, looking increasingly wrong. It is a bit familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2017
Ridley Scott could keep doing this for years. And he probably will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 7, 2017
Alien: Covenant seethes with self-importance yet is never boring or portentous. It can't come close to matching the greatness of the first two films in the series, but at least Scott seems to understand that these movies thrive on ambition.
May 6, 2017
An interstellar version of Friday the 13th, with a respectable ensemble of actors as the camp counselors and various fanged slimeballs filling in for Jason Voorhees.
May 6, 2017
Scott has effectively created a satisfying hybrid of Alien, Prometheus and even James Cameron's Aliens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 6, 2017
For reasons too spoilery to give away, Fassbender is electric, giving a spectacularly skin-crawling performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5