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Alien Covenant Reviews Roundup!

The embargo has officially lifted! Alien Covenant reviews from around the Web are starting to pour in and so far, the reviews are quite positive! Many of the reviews are praising the cast, locations, sets, visual style and terror while some of the criticism is directed at the pacing of the final act when the Xenomorph we know and love appears. A few of the reviews also lament the use of CGI for the Neomorphs and Xenomorph as opposed to using good old-fashioned practical effects. Though the reviews do have one thing in common – Alien Covenant is a far more enjoyable movie than Prometheus!

As for Rotten Tomatoes, remember Prometheus did get mixed to positive reviews and eventually settled on a score of 72%. Alien Covenant is currently sitting on 75% based on 108 reviews. We’ll keep this post updated throughout the day. Feel free to discuss in the comments section below.

 Alien Covenant Reviews Roundup!Positive
IGN (7.3/10)
JoBlos (8/10)
The Hollywood Reporter (Positive)
Bloody Disgusing (4/5)
The Wrap (Positive)
The Independent (5/5)
Forbes (Positive)
Birth Movies Death (Positive)
Telegraph (5/5)
Mirror.co.uk (5/5)
Entertainment Weekly (B+)
DigitalSpy (4/5)
The Playlist (B/B+)
Daily Star (4/5)
New York Daily News (4/5)
Fangoria (4/4)

Mixed

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy (6.5/10)
Collider (B-)
CinemaBlend (3.5/5)
TimeOut (3/5)
Metro (3/5)
We Got This Covered (3/5)
The Guardian (3/5)
Empire (3/5)
Total Film (3/5)
The Verge (Mixed)
Cnet (Mixed)
Den of Geek UK (3/5)
HeyUGuys (3/5)

Negative
CraveOnline (Negative)
We Live Entertainment (Negative)
Den of Geek US  (2/5)
Destructoid (3.5/10)
Wired.co.uk (4/10)
io9 (Negative)

Here’s some specific extracts from the reviews.

Collider:

It’s won’t be your favorite Alien movie, but it’ll probably make you want to watch it again. Perhaps I am blinded by my love of the franchise and too easily seduced by the stunning beauty of Scott’s images, but even the ramshackle hybrid narrative and disappointing treatment of compelling characters can’t keep me from finding a lot to love in the frustrating film.

Collider

JoBlos:

As a standalone watch, it’s an intense and fun ride, but as a piece of the overall series it’s very much a piece of a puzzle. I’m sure some people will walk away disappointed, while others will be excited and buzzing about where this series goes next, given the events that transpire and where that leaves it. Love it or hate it, I think it’s a film that will be discussed at length and many folks will head straight home and pop in PROMETHEUS to connect the dots. For me, I love the doors it opens, the questions it answers, the villain it creates and the direction it’s headed, even if it misses some beats along the way.

JoBlos

IGN:

Alien: Covenant strikes a more favorable balance between the unwieldy philosophical ideas of Prometheus and the classic horror and suspense of the 1979 original film. Despite continuing Prometheus’ questionable line of inquiry into the xenomorphs’ origins and occasionally adopting its histrionic tone for entire scenes, Covenant’s framework and exciting action put enough new spins on the series’ most reliable touchstones that the cast is able to carry it through to a satisfying end.

IGN

 Alien Covenant Reviews Roundup!

Bloody Disgusing:

If the only question you want to be answered by this review is whether or not Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, then that answer is a resounding “Yes.” If you were hoping that it would totally leave the ideas introduced in Prometheus behind, you might be a little disappointed with certain parts, but as a whole, I think you’ll probably enjoy it. The story is self-contained for the most part, but it does open up some plot threads for a sequel. With that said, Covenant is the shot in the arm that the franchise’s future needed it to be.

Bloody Disgusing

The Hollywood Reporter:

Scott and the writers have achieved an outstanding balance in Alien: Covenant among numerous different elements: Intelligent speculation and textbook sci-fi presumptions, startlingly inventive action and audience-pleasing old standbys, philosophical considerations and inescapable genre conventions, intense visual splendor and gore at its most grisly. The drama flows gorgeously and, unlike in many other franchises in which entries keep getting longer every time out, this one is served up without an ounce of fat. It provides all the tension and action the mainstream audience could want, along with a good deal more. Stylistically, the film is a thing of cool beauty, with superb effects and a lovely score. Creatively, it’s a major re-set on a level with the series’ best.

The Hollywood Reporter

The Independent:

But, in the context of a film that is strongly and coherently pieced together in its pacing, its tone, and its themes, those eccentricities only make the whole thing feel more mesmerising. It immediately begs to be re-watched, to be savoured. It’s relentless and overwhelming, but all in the very best of ways. 

The Independent

Empire:

Yet it is also the point where Scott gets to indulge his Blade Runner-Prometheus preoccupation with playing God in on-the-nose discussions. At its best, aka The First Two, the Alien series works as dirty B movies (a slasher horror flick, a war film), embedding all the (psycho-sexual) meaning in the imagery. Here it is done in dialogue about the frustration of not being allowed to create and the loneliness of dreams. It’s just a shame that one of cinema’s greatest image-makers couldn’t deliver his ideas visually. Still, as The Martian proved, Scott is still good at this sci-fi malarkey, be it the big stuff (the Covenant sprouting sails to harness power) or the telling details (alien atoms get highlighted in smoke rings). John Logan and Dante Harper’s screenplay, after the laugh-free Prometheus, also adds a joke or two. At one point, there is a Phantom Of The Opera gag. Perhaps this is Covenant’s biggest scare: some 90 years from now, Andrew Lloyd Webber is still a thing.

Empire

Our own Alien vs Predator Galaxy review will be posted in a couple of hours.



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  1. 900SL
    Alachai disses it.

    'I just don't get how Weyland Yutani keep employing the dumbest people..'

    'The Script just sucks'

    :lol3

    You tell 'em, girl.

    Not a happy bunny. C+ or 6/10
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  2. monkeylove
    "'Alien: Covenant' Bursts with Pomposity"

    Quote
    What Scott delivers in “Alien: Covenant” is the simulacrum of seriousness without the sense of self-conscious silliness, a grim earnestness that’s reinforced by a thudding, grandiose aesthetic that utterly lacks originality. His movie offers no release of laughter or wonder. Rather, Scott is a dour minister who preaches in heavy and sludgy rhetoric, posing commonplace conundrums as grand philosophical ponderings.

    http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/alien-covenant-bursts-with-pomposity

    "'Alien: Covenant' and the Too-Many-Monsters Problem"

    Decades on, the faces of the men and women aboard the Nostromo—many of them wearied and worn, played by actors as distinctive as Harry Dean Stanton and Yaphet Kotto—are stamped on the memory, and the same goes for the grunts in “Aliens,” among them the late Bill Paxton. Three days after seeing the new movie, however, I’ve already forgotten who stayed on the Covenant and who disembarked to scout the strange terrain.

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/29/alien-covenant-and-the-too-many-monsters-problem
  3. The Cruentus
    Whether or not I will like the film is a moot point, the continuity errors in regard to the Alien life-cycle and especially the Lope scene is sticking out like a sore thumb for me personally, I take contuinity regarding the Alien lore probably a little too seriously thus I get irritated more than most when contradictions to the lore happen, especially when it is now done by Ridley Scott, the original director who should have known better than to follow in the footsteps of AVP.
    One of my biggest gripes about the AVP movies were due to liberties taken with the lore. So while I may enjoy this movie, I probably won't be able to forgive those errors. Its the same with Alien 3, I like that movie but the magic egg thing sticks out so much that I was on the fence when there was going to be a continuity reset by Alien 5.
  4. Jonesy1974
    That was a funny review  :laugh: sadly its accurate from what I gather, I am still not sure whethet to go see it or wait for it to come out on bluray.

    That so called 'review' was total garbage. Go and see the film and make your own mind up, you never know you might actually like it.

    Garbage? Actually a lot what's said in that review is true. Sad but true.

    I disagree and that's not a review, it's moronic, disrespectful and deeply unfunny

    Because you disagree with it it doesn't mean it's not review. It's review but odd one. I agree with it. It's funny and yes, it's disrespectful because Covenant as a movie is disrespectful towards Alien universe.

    It's not a review because it doesn't offer any meaningful critique of the film not because I disagree with it. It's disrespectful to Ridley Scott because it suggests he has no integrity and Covenant isn't disrespectful to The alien universe. You didn't like it, that's fine I have no problem with that at all but I did and I'm a fan too, unfortunately you didn't get the film you wanted but that doesn't mean the film is disrespectful.
  5. Ingwar
    That was a funny review  :laugh: sadly its accurate from what I gather, I am still not sure whethet to go see it or wait for it to come out on bluray.

    That so called 'review' was total garbage. Go and see the film and make your own mind up, you never know you might actually like it.

    Garbage? Actually a lot what's said in that review is true. Sad but true.

    I disagree and that's not a review, it's moronic, disrespectful and deeply unfunny

    Because you disagree with it it doesn't mean it's not review. It's review but odd one. I agree with it. It's funny and yes, it's disrespectful because Covenant as a movie is disrespectful towards Alien universe.
  6. Jonesy1974
    That was a funny review  :laugh: sadly its accurate from what I gather, I am still not sure whethet to go see it or wait for it to come out on bluray.

    That so called 'review' was total garbage. Go and see the film and make your own mind up, you never know you might actually like it.

    Garbage? Actually a lot what's said in that review is true. Sad but true.

    I disagree and that's not a review, it's moronic, disrespectful and deeply unfunny
  7. skull-splitter
    The Good:
    -Shots
    -David/Walter
    -Themes
    -Open ending
    -Baddy wins for a change
    The Bad:
    -If you thought that Prometheus had a stupid crew, buckle up
    -Writing is all over the place
    -Basically a retelling of Alien but worse
    -Creating more plotholes (or should I say questions?) than it seems to solve

    I hoped this to be more. Then again, I don't consider Scott to be godlike like some people here do, and this is no different. With some minor edits to the script this would've been so much better...
  8. Darth Vile
    I just don't understand what people disliked about this movie. How is King Arthur Legend of the Sword scored higher? Im so confused, A:C was wayyyyyyyyyy better than that disaster.
    Primarily because the films will appeal to a different kind of audience. I'd hazard a guess that many going to see a King Arthur movie will be less concerned with narrative, historical accuracy, originality  etc. Whereas an Alien film has more expectation to be x, y or z.
  9. salomonj
    I just don't understand what people disliked about this movie. How is King Arthur Legend of the Sword scored higher? Im so confused, A:C was wayyyyyyyyyy better than that disaster.
  10. Hennex Forest
    How tf the covenant at a 6.9 on IMDb?!?! The movie is soooo much better than that. Audiences these days are idiots
    Also has a 6.9 on RT from audiences.  I wonder what the CineScore will be.

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    64 not 69

    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/alien_covenant
    And I just recently checked it this weekend.  Thanks for for the heads up there.

    It's going to end up getting a rotten audience score on RT.

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  11. gantarat

    It will probably end with a 6.5 or so. The fact is a lot of fans didn't like it. Which is weird because the polls on here say otherwise. But we're a small section of a much bigger audience.

    I think generally a lot of fans enjoyed it actually. However people who dislike something are usually more vocal and create more noise.

    I've already seen posters say Ridley should kill himself and that if you liked the CG you must be 14. Who wants to post anything postitive after reading something like that?

    Seriously ?

    also YoVideogames  Review

  12. 426Buddy

    It will probably end with a 6.5 or so. The fact is a lot of fans didn't like it. Which is weird because the polls on here say otherwise. But we're a small section of a much bigger audience.

    I think generally a lot of fans enjoyed it actually. However people who dislike something are usually more vocal and create more noise.

    I've already seen posters say Ridley should kill himself and that if you liked the CG you must be 14. Who wants to post anything postitive after reading something like that?
  13. echobbase79

    It will probably end with a 6.5 or so. The fact is a lot of fans didn't like it. Which is weird because the polls on here say otherwise. But we're a small section of a much bigger audience.
  14. cucuchu

    http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2017/05/21/alien-is-dead-long-live-covenant


    This is another review from Birth.Movies.Death, and it's excellent.  If you enjoyed the direction Scott took the franchise in with Covenant, you'll find much to love in this defense of the film.

    Agreed to some extent. I think the Xeno still can be fresh, they just need to be more creative. As much as I enjoyed Covenant, the Xeno's were too trivial. Bring back an intelligent, calculating xeno. How much better it would of been if we got more of the standing upright and walking xeno like when he entered the bay at the end, and when it walked in, looked around, then moved back into the dark rather than charging Daniels.
  15. Salt The Fries
    I knew Angry Retard would hate this movie. I don't think he has an emotional capacity to appreciate some of the finer, artistic touches or such amazing actors like Billy Crudup who deliver nuanced performances way beyond comprehension of typical sci-fi audience. It's not like I'm particularly defensive about this movie but I hate this guys guts with regards to so many things...
  16. echobbase79

    I had my problems with the movie, but I'm not going act like a child. That video of review of Angry Joe is why I can't stand the fan community sometimes.

    I can't even watch it. Just the sight of him sitting there with a pulse rifle and a colonial marines helmet, with a look on his face like a petulant toddler tells me all I need to know.

    I didn't watch it all. When said he felt "betrayed" I had to stop it there.
  17. Magegg
    Angry Joe is the epithome of the opinionated, coward manchild.

    I tried to watch one of his videos twice and I couldn't even make it to the third minute. And there are some other "reviewers" who are all like this. It's their opinion, but better to avoid their rambling, IMO.
  18. Bilbo5000
    Wow!!
    Never heard of this "Angry Joe" before today. Total proof that one does not need to be talented, articulated, good-looking or even be accurate to do film reviews...His video reminded me of walking into a room where someone has just farted.

    I miss Rodger Ebert.  :-[

    Liked Covenant, seeing it again today.  :)
  19. BonesawT101

    I had my problems with the movie, but I'm not going act like a child. That video of review of Angry Joe is why I can't stand the fan community sometimes.
    This all day long. That angry joe baffoon needs to join the circus for he is a first class clown.

    I can't even watch it. Just the sight of him sitting there with a pulse rifle and a colonial marines helmet, with a look on his face like a petulant toddler tells me all I need to know.
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