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The Two Popes (2019)



Critic Consensus: Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.

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Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.


Jonathan Pryce
as Pope Francis
Anthony Hopkins
as Pope Benedict
Juan Minujín
as Pope Francis Young
Sidney Cole
as Cardinal Turkson
Thomas D Williams
as American Journalist
Federico Torre
as Medina Estevez
Lisandro Fiks
as Father Jalics
María Ucedo
as Esther Ballestrine
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All Critics (80) | Top Critics (28)

Thanks to a nimble script, zippy visuals and the superlative Jonathan Pryce, it's a pleasure to fall into line.

December 1, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Apart from its impressive (though partially digital) recreation of the Sistine Chapel, The Two Popes offers little in the way of purely cinematic pleasures, relying almost exclusively on the expert parrying of Hopkins and Pryce.

December 1, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The chemistry between the two leads is enough to recommend the film, but don't go into the theater expecting real historical insights.

November 29, 2019 | Full Review…

An exercise in bonding through mutual exculpation, it's worryingly close to being great PR.

November 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is superbly acted and a lot of fun to watch.

November 27, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Provides food for thought, and features a pair of world-class actors. But thanks to its dual priorities, the qualities that recommend the film mostly go up in smoke.

November 27, 2019 | Full Review…
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