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The Two Popes Reviews

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
December 17, 2019
The screenplay by McCarten effectively balances moments of levity and weight...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 17, 2019
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 10, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 9, 2019
...we lose just a little too much momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 9, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 6, 2019
There's a simple pleasure in watching these two actors bring levity to godly men in their stiff robes.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 5, 2019
Well before its end, the film has settled into the groove of a corny buddy comedy so unreal that little trace remains of the serious issues at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 4, 2019
This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy... brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
"The Two Popes" turns into a movie not about a power struggle, at all, but a grappling of faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2019
Its greatest value, ultimately, is not as a theocratic commentary, but as a testament to the possibility of deep, rewarding friendship under unlikely, even impossible circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 3, 2019
For anyone interested in Catholic church doctrine, "The Two Popes" is movie nirvana, but anyone watching could appreciate the clash between these opposing dispositions and world views.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 2, 2019
I really do admire watching these people go at it, talking about their ideas and their visions... There's a humanness to this film that I really liked.
December 2, 2019
"The Two Popes" works as a film about unlikely friendship between two men of real and intriguing contrasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 1, 2019
Thanks to a nimble script, zippy visuals and the superlative Jonathan Pryce, it's a pleasure to fall into line.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 1, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 29, 2019
The chemistry between the two leads is enough to recommend the film, but don't go into the theater expecting real historical insights.
November 28, 2019
An exercise in bonding through mutual exculpation, it's worryingly close to being great PR.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 27, 2019
The film is superbly acted and a lot of fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 27, 2019
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
This entertaining odd-couple bromance, about two men in the running to be the Catholic pope, hits the heights when it just lets its leads, Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, lob dialogue back and forth like two tennis greats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 27, 2019
The main attraction is the actorly ping-pong of Hopkins and Pryce, respectively curmudgeonly and crinkle-eyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2019
The Two Popes may be a fantasy about a closed institution flinging its doors open, but it's also a compelling actor's showcase. The combination is surprisingly potent.
November 27, 2019
At once an assertion of humanity's divine nature, and divinity's inherent humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 27, 2019
Given that the film and its title are inspired by actual events, it would be no spoiler to reveal where this path is leading. But there is so much artistry in the unexpected ways the journey is plotted that viewers ought to experience them firsthand.
November 27, 2019
An enjoyable portrait of a prickly friendship between two men of vastly different temperaments...
November 26, 2019
Who knew that serious talk about the future of the Catholic Church could be the source of so much fun?
November 26, 2019
A subtle and engaging double portrait that touches on complicated matters of faith, ambition and moral responsibility.
Top Critic
November 25, 2019
See The Two Popes for its fine performances, but don't be tempted by its na´vetÚ.
November 25, 2019
If nothing else, the mere sight of two popes drinking brews and watching a soccer game together is one of the more surreal things you'll see at the movies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2019
Hopkins and Pryce have sensational chemistry and are rather heavenly inhabiting their character arcs, which power this pious take on "Frost/Nixon."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2019
Theological knots that refuse to untangle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 1, 2019
The Two Popes is an exuberant Vatican-set buddy movie that attempts to lift the lid on the inner workings of the Holy See.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 13, 2019
What makes "The Two Popes" so delightful, other than the very funny script, is watching two seasoned actors play off each other for two hours. Both Hopkins and Pryce illustrate what the craft of acting is really about.
September 12, 2019
An enjoyable double-act - but not an infallible one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2019
This is a crowd-pleaser for believers and agnostics alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 9, 2019
Hopkins and Pryce's finely tuned performances illuminate Benedict's shrewd intelligence and Francis's deep humility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2019
A smart, empathetic film about the need for both resilience and uncertainty in a faithful heart.
September 5, 2019
This scintillating drama, written by Anthony McCarten, achieves a maximum of theatrical delight and intellectual substance with two glorious performances.
September 3, 2019
There's an unquestionable appeal to the way the movie transforms a weighty and divisive topic into more approachable terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 2, 2019
As an extraordinary piece of writing - and an even more impressive showcase for its actors - it eloquently communicates the importance of giving people something to believe in.
September 1, 2019
Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking.