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We Have a Pope Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 11, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Philadelphia Inquirer
May 4, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2012
Though skeptical, the film isn't at all mean-spirited.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 27, 2012
"We Have a Pope" is a nuanced, moving and profoundly humane exploration of doubt, faith, weakness and resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2012
"We Have a Pope" has great heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2012
On the surface, this Italian dramedy about a troubled cardinal reluctant to accept his election to the papacy is a likable, understated farce. Look closer and you'll see that it has serious issues on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 20, 2012
Moretti's latest work looks at the church sympathetically, veristically, comically.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 13, 2012
There's a sweetness to Italian director Nanni Moretti's "We Have a Pope" that belies its seemingly unholy premise...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
April 13, 2012
Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 12, 2012
Whenever it stays with Piccoli ... it's mysterious and moving, struck by the humility of a man who's not up to playing God.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 6, 2012
Despite moments that strain awfully hard to remind us that the church and its new leader are in crisis, it's basically habemus comoedia. We have a comedy.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2012
Melville (an excellent Michel Piccoli), not being the front-runner, is caught so completely unawares that he goes into meltdown mode while the world waits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 6, 2012
The film is perhaps 15 minutes too long, and there are a few too-convenient scenes, but overall "We Have a Pope'' should prove a crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 5, 2012
Mr. Moretti finds broad comedy in the antics of some clerics, who can seem as sweet as children, but in Melville there is pathos and there is tragedy, and not his alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
A gentle fable whose humanist heart beats in Michel Piccoli's nuanced performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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April 5, 2012
It's a half-sweet, half-rueful existential drama in which the satire comes secondary.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 5, 2012
What appears to be an amusing tale of a leader who has lost his way is also an unapologetic challenge to faith itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 5, 2012
The movie is a near-relentless intellectual muddle, throwing out signifiers and metaphors lazily and to no particular effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 5, 2012
It's probably unfair to pine for the movie a director didn't make, but it's disappointing that Nanni Moretti's Vatican dramedy We Have A Pope has so little to do with the actual selection process for a new pontiff.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 3, 2012
The usually great Piccoli-saddled with a ridiculously contrived failed-actor backstory-comes off like an unholy mix of Gérard Depardieu and Robin Williams at their sad-puppiest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
Until the potent concluding scene, the humor and shallow profundities of We Have a Pope pivot on the cuteness of geriatrics, especially when they're spiking a volleyball in slo-mo.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
April 3, 2012
What grips the movie, for all its amused glances at Swiss Guards and ceremonial pomp, is the prospect of a single soul in crisis.
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Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
March 7, 2012
Nimble and pleasant to watch without being particularly inspired or inspiring.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
February 23, 2012
There are only so many yuks Moretti can milk from the sight of old men in clerical robes.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 29, 2011
It's an uneven film, almost pleasingly vague in its conclusions yet also unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
Habemus Papam gets lost in the secular wilderness, as the incognito Pontiff wanders about Rome, mixing with the common flock, in an overly pat commentary on the burden of infallibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4