The Two Popes

critic Reviews

, 89% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christy LemireBreakfast All Day
    It is really beautifully acted, and a lot of times it does feel like a play on film in all the best ways.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    The screenplay by McCarten effectively balances moments of levity and weight...
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    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.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert LevinNewsday
    "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.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Mark FeeneyBoston Globe
    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.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    ...we lose just a little too much momentum.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Scott PhillipsThe Screen Scene
    The Two Popes is a fascinating exercise in "what if" history.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jason FraleyWTOP (Washington, D.C.)
    You might not expect a talky drama about two popes at the Vatican to be engaging. But that's exactly what filmmaker Fernando Meirelles pulls off, thanks to a pair of superb performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce.
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ricardo GallegosPólvora
    Meirelles and McCarten took a inconspicuous premise and turned it into a sweet, effective, and very funny history that goes by like water. [Full review in Spanish]
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  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Luis BondA Simple Vista
    The Two Popes is an atypical film, an interesting exercise walking between the biopic, drama and social, political and religious criticism with a slight touch of humor. Without going into very rugged terrain... [Full review in Spanish]
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