The Two Popes

2019

The Two Popes

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Led by outstanding performances from its well-matched leads, The Two Popes draws absorbing drama from a pivotal moment in modern organized religion.

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Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). 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. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.

Cast

Jonathan Pryce
as Pope Francis
Anthony Hopkins
as Pope Benedict
Juan Minujín
as Pope Francis Young
Sidney Cole
as Cardinal Turkson
Thomas D Williams
as American Journalist
Federico Torre
as Medina Estevez
Lisandro Fiks
as Father Jalics
María Ucedo
as Esther Ballestrine
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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (14)

  • There's a simple pleasure in watching these two actors bring levity to godly men in their stiff robes.

    Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 5, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This lively, intriguing and insistently humanistic flight of fancy... brims with wit, warmth and some tantalizing what-ifs.

    Dec 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Two Popes" turns into a movie not about a power struggle, at all, but a grappling of faith.

    Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • 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.

    Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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