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Alien Covenant (15)

Sci-Fi, Thriller

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.

The critical consensus

Scott’s sequel to the Prometheus prequel is capably made but plays like a greatest-hits compilation of the original films’ freakiest moments.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/05/2017

Ridley Scott's latest chapter proves a grand unifier of the franchise - perfectly melding Alien, Aliens, and Prometheus into one impressive feat of cinematic engineering.

*****Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent, 07/05/2017

Some great moments, but not enough to make a great film.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 07/05/2017

Ridley Scott is a sturdy hand at the helm of this overly familiar but assuredly entertaining Alien prequel.

***(*)(*)Angie Errigo, The List, 07/05/2017

An upgrade from Prometheus, Alien: Covenant amps up the thrills but doesn't deliver a memorable crew member or the full-on onslaught of the series at its height.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 08/05/2017

Sharper, meaner, and meatier than Prometheus, Covenant's weak narrative drive stalls its brutal good intentions.

***(*)(*)David Houghton, Total Film, 08/05/2017

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.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 10/05/2017

Alien: Covenant starts to feel like a cinematic remix: delivering all the elements we’re familiar with, but in a form that’s reassuring rather than revelatory.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/05/2017

Alien: Covenant should please diehard fans but it needs a better script and more interesting characters if they are thinking of stretching out the series to yet another instalment.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 12/05/2017

Ridley Scott slickly blends familiar themes from the series for this new prequel, but clunky dialogue takes the edge off the action.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 14/05/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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