We Have a Pope (2012)



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Nanni Moretti joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as he's presented to the faithful in St. Peter's Square. To prevent a world wide crisis, the Vatican's spokesman calls in an unlikely psychiatrist who is neither religious or all that committed, played by Moretti, to find out what is wrong with the new Pope. As the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Nanni Moretti, Federica Pontremoli, Francesco Piccolo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2012
Box Office: $0.5M
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Critic Reviews for We Have a Pope

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (28)

Always the star of his movies, even when he shouldn't be, the atheist Moretti gets caught up in his own papal bull. But Piccoli's blessed empathy prevails.

Full Review… | May 31, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos. But he refuses to forge an orthodox happy ending, let alone a tinny satire.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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We Have a Pope takes its shots at the institution of the Catholic Church, but this is by no means a scathing satire. It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though skeptical, the film isn't at all mean-spirited.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Chicago Reader
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"We Have a Pope" is a nuanced, moving and profoundly humane exploration of doubt, faith, weakness and resolve.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Washington Post
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"We Have a Pope" has great heart.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for We Have a Pope


Even with Piccoli in a strong performance, this drama doesn't live up to the promise of its premise. While the first half is efficient and has a good pace, the second part is disjointed, dragging with no direction and going nowhere. Besides, Moretti's character seems completely useless here.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


What a wonderful film. Shame that it didn't get more recognition in Cannes. Cloaked in humor, this is nonetheless a serious look at a religious leader's internal quest for personal truth. The humility shown is precisely what the Church needs, but... it's merely a film... Michel Piccolli at his very best!

Debbie Elbin
Debbie Elbin

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As the Papal Conclave wears on, it appears that there is no clear frontrunner which might have something to do with nobody really wanting the promotion. Eventually, the name of Cardinal Melville(Michel Piccoli) takes precedence and wins out. At the worst possible moment right before being introduced to the faithful, he has an anxiety attack. After a time of waiting for him to recover his senses, the cardinals get restless, with the Austrlian contingent wanting to go over the wall to do a little sightseeing. So, while the powers that be read them the rule book, they also bend them a little to bring in a famed psychologist(Nanni Moretti, who also directed and co-wrote).

First off, a disclaimer. "We Have a Pope" really has no problems with the Catholic Church or anybody associated with it. Yes, there is a little white lying and conniving but absolutely no global conspiracies, so hopefully nobody's going to hell.(Still, what the Church would do with the ending and the volleyball tournament is beyond me.) Rather, with amiable good humor, Nanni Moretti shrugs as he wonders what all the fuss is about.(To quote him, he is always harder on himself in his films than others.) More is the shame considering the awful pressure the cardinals are under with such lofty expectations. And don't forget; one should always be vigilant towards those seeking power.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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