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The Two Popes Reviews

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April 8, 2020
A lapsed Catholic's lament on the state of the Church as symbolised by its leaders old and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 20, 2020
It works as an intriguing drama, and one that reflects the clash of ideologies that exists within the Church even today. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 16, 2020
It gives Catholics and non-Catholics alike some of the feelings that faith should provide.
February 7, 2020
It is really beautifully acted, and a lot of times it does feel like a play on film in all the best ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
February 6, 2020
The script by Anthony McCarten is crisp and often amusing; director Fernando Meirelles does a fine job of basically taking what could have been a two-character, one-set stage play and opening it up with gorgeous sets.
February 3, 2020
At its heart, The Two Popes is really about two old chaps, who just happen to be a Pope and a Pope-in-waiting, finding something liberating in an unexpected friendship. And what a blessing that story is. Don't miss it.
January 30, 2020
The magic of this mostly fictional film from Netflix is that it imagines an example of authentic listening and dialogue.
January 26, 2020
The Two Popes have standout performances from their title characters. But without transparency regarding the church, we don't get beneath the robes, only on the surface of the cloth.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
January 25, 2020
...an intimate portrait of faith as a struggle, even for those at the very top.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2020
The Two Popes is a wonderful showcase of great acting (both the leads are phenomenal), brilliant casting, effective writing, and terrific cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2020
A touching film about how faith evolves and changes as we grow and that's a good thing
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
January 16, 2020
[The Two Popes] a truly singular viewing experience featuring two actors at the top of their game, stunning technical credits, a brilliant screenplay and extraordinary directing.
January 15, 2020
Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce both give excellent performances in this film, fully expressing the characters and making them believable. The film also has high production values, with opulent sets and costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 10, 2020
Pryce and Hopkins ensure we can mostly see past the issues and enjoy a tale that might well be, it must be said, three-quarters-or-so fictional.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 10, 2020
Meirelles has reformed the historical drama in a way that makes going to church entertaining. The Two Popes is a blessing to us all.
January 10, 2020
What we are witnessing is an open process that... This film is part of that process. And this is the interesting thing. [Full review in Spanish]
January 9, 2020
The Two Popes is clever, kind, and warm, and I'm sure your Catholic grandma will love it. Thanks at least in part to The Two Popes, the Catholic church will get away with its many sins-again. It's a liberal fantasy about a conservative institution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2020
The confessions are the most powerful moments of the film, the trust is unbreakable, and I like to think that a divine hand was involved in this succession...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 8, 2020
You can see this movie no matter what faith you believe in. How they show the papal process is fascinating and how you think about your own faith and your own call from God.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 6, 2020
Though cinema more often entertains, it can on rare occasions heal wounds both intellectual and spiritual. The Two Popes falls just short of that accomplishment, but it comes tantalizingly close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/5
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