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The Young Pope: Miniseries (2017)



Critic Consensus: The Young Pope's original premise and stylish blend of over-the-top melodrama with profane comedy helps overcome an occasionally muddled plot.


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The first season of this limited drama series follows the early years of young, American-born Pius XIII's (Jude Law) pontificate. Pius XIII, who was born Lenny Belardo, quickly demonstrates that he will not be a mere figurehead for the Vatican, as the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), was hoping for. Instead, Pius XIII is arrogant, self-serving, and power hungry. He publicly criticizes and questions his people's devotion to God, but the people around him begin to wonder if he even believes in God himself. Diane Keaton stars as Sister Mary, an American nun who took in Lenny Belardo when he was a 7-year-old orphan and now acts as his key advisor.


Jude Law
as Lenny Belardo/Pope Pius XIII
Diane Keaton
as Sister Mary
James Cromwell
as Cardinal Michael Spencer
Silvio Orlando
as Cardinal Voiello
Scott Shepherd
as Cardinal Dussolier
Javier Cámara
as Cardinal Gutierrez
Toni Bertorelli
as Cardinal Caltanissetta
Guy Boyd
as Archbishop Kurtwell
Marcello Romolo
as Father Tomasso
Milvia Marigliano
as Sister Antonia
Carolina Carlsson
as Prime Minister of Greenland
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Critic Reviews for The Young Pope: Miniseries

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (33)

[Young Pope] is Jude Law in his best ever performance, both magnetic and unreadable.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's slow and languid and there is great beauty in its sometimes slow-motion camerawork which seems to glide through this unknown world, one where a one-handed nun can be victorious in an early-morning game of football among the dewy grass.

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…

The series' appeal has everything to do with watching this outsider come crashing through an ossified system like a wrecking ball, refusing to follow the rules or set aside any personal pettiness, declaring war on anyone who defies him.

February 22, 2017 | Full Review…

It's gorgeous, disturbing, weird, slow to reveal information and short on explanations. But talk about one heck of a Vatican-inspired fashion show.

February 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Shot in Italy, The Young Pope is always beautiful and often fascinating. It offends as often as it intrigues, and then it turns poignant.

January 18, 2017 | Full Review…

I did NOT expect this to be the kind of show I enjoyed. Especially because it seemed too close to home.

January 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Young Pope: Miniseries

"The Young Pope" is cinematic art. Costumes and locations are spectacular. The acting is a bit above average, with a particularly good performance from Javier Cámara. However, as storytelling, the series is a profound disappointment. With no grand plan ever revealed other than possibly glacial character development, watching a pope be horrid, arbitrary and unlikable while exercising absolute power, episode after episode, is tedious. I only suffered through all ten episodes hoping that some purpose would be revealed for the pettiness. I was disappointed. One simply cannot care about a character who cares about no one else, who almost no one likes, who abuses his power to demand betrayal, who speaks from hypocrisy, who bullies the kind, who is doctrinaire, and who is in all ways indifferent to anything other than his own cold theology. I would recommend watching a couple of the indistinguishable episodes for the stylishness of it all, but don't feel a need to complete the series -- it never gets any better.


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