The Two Popes

The Two Popes

The Two Popes

Netflix drama that goes behind the Vatican walls as Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and the reformist Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) attempt to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. Inspired by true events.

The story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict. 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.

2019Rating: M, Mature themes and violence125 minsUSA, Argentina, Italy, UKEnglish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, Latin
DramaTrue Story & Biography

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The Two Popes / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Raising issues, but never confronting them, this is a beautifully shot, but nonetheless deeply theatrical and sentimental tale. In sidestepping controversy, it trips over its own moral shoelaces with, for example, flashbacks to Bergoglio’s youth in Argentina, but none to Ratzinger’s stint in Austria’s Hitler Youth. And, whilst child abuse in the Catholic Church is mentioned, it’s rapidly jettisoned in favour of undeniably entertaining banter and intellectual dueling.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

But 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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce find some tremendous actorly form in this humorous, indulgent, lop-sidedly sentimental “Pope-off” which becomes a Pontiff bromance.

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Collider

Collider

Fernando Meirelles' fictionalized conversation between two pontiffs illuminates the intersection between penance and growth.

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The Times

The Times

The Two Popes is an exuberant Vatican-set buddy movie that attempts to lift the lid on the inner workings of the Holy See.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

The delicate dance between the two veteran actors, both eagerly devouring a late-life jewel of a script, is a joy to behold.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

There's an unquestionable appeal to the way the movie transforms a weighty and divisive topic into more approachable terms.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking.

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