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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.