Boston Globe's film critic Ty Burr is among the moviegoers calling "Covenant" the third-best entry. Here's why.
Scott’s direction is muscular and assured — he has nothing left to prove, really — and the screenplay by a quartet of writers folds in its Big Ideas more naturally than in “Prometheus.” Those ideas are often disturbing. If, as these new “Alien” movies posit, we humans were created by a superior race and have gone on to create a superior race in the androids, where does that leave us? Stuck in the middle? Snacks for ET? Are we even worth saving? At moments, “Alien: Covenant” dips into a nihilism that seems not of the characters’ time but our own.
But famous film critic Leonard Maltin writes "Covenant" doesn't live up to the hype or Scott's previous masterpieces.
It is basically a retread of what we’ve seen before…not only in Ridley Scott’s original Alien but his most recent prequel, Prometheus.
Alien: Covenant is well-made and never dull, but you can learn all the exposition you need from the trailer. And if you’re a wimp, like me, and jump at every gooey attack, you may tire of the repetition fairly soon.