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The Two Popes (2019)

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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.

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Cast

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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The screenplay by McCarten effectively balances moments of levity and weight...

December 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What emerges is a discussion of beliefs and responsibilities, yes, but mostly the story of two men at personal and ideological crossroads that happened to intersect on a world stage.

December 17, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

"The Two Popes" tells the story of one of the most consequential moments in the history of the Catholic Church with subtlety and grace, including two of the finest performances of the year.

December 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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The actors are such pros that the woodenness of the dialogue and implausibility of the set-up that McCarten has saddled them with almost don't matter. Almost.

December 10, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

...we lose just a little too much momentum.

December 9, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Hopkins and Pryce lift Popes above its loose patchwork of monologue, flashback, and personal reckoning, and let the movie get down to its truest root: scaling the mystery that makes all men, even the most unknowable and sacrosanct, human.

December 9, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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