The Young Pope: Miniseries (2017)

The Young Pope

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 85


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User Ratings: 873
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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
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 (85) | Top Critics (40)

The good of the program often outweighs the bad, especially in Jude Law's magnetic lead performance, but it's a show that just misses television transcendence.

Jan 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The Young Pope is Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's visually stunning but simply preposterous and only semi-interesting drama about the first American pope (Jude Law).

Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The Young Pope is a fascinating mess with a puckish sense of humor and an outsized goal - to know the mind of God.

Jan 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Lush, often surreal, filled with contradictory characters and backstabbing intrigue, The Young Pope is one of the more remarkable television shows in memory.

Jan 13, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

I'm not exactly charmed by The Young Pope. But I am interested.

Jan 13, 2017 | Full Review…

What goes on here affects billions of people around the globe, and while the series may feel like a religious fever dream filled with bizarre imagery, slowly we all awaken to the nightmare of truth at its core. The laughs just help us get there.

Jan 11, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

We have to struggle to come to this conclusion, but ... yes. It's weird and it's off-putting and it's hard to quantify.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The dreamlike pomp and circumstance amount to one head-scratching hour of television. However, is "The Young Pope" any good?

Nov 3, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's got more chutzpah than almost anything else on the air. And even if this level of camp combined with self-seriousness isn't your jam, it's hard to deny the level of care that goes into each shot

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Paolo Sorrentino directs the film with vivid colours and sensuality, to underline this young and handsome Pope's appetites and grandeur and pits time bound traditions again his modernism.

Aug 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The Young Pope leaves you glued to the screen. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Astonishing, ravishing beauty, wit, deep intellectual curiosity, uncanny political relevance (much of The Young Pope predicts Trump's chaotic reign) and extremely deep levels of conflicted, confusing, contradictory characterisation.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Young Pope: Miniseries

  • 3d ago
    I cannot continue watching this lavish and gratis continuum of obvious dialogues and screenplay. It's awful and unbearable but no critics will ever say it be cause compare to the rest of our entertainment options, it is different. Because it is different it must be great don't you know ? The straw that broke it for me was the arrival of Malkovich blase Monologues.. come on man seriously ?
  • 6d ago
    Genius and visually stunning. Can't get enough. Could be the only series I wouldn't mind watching over and over.
  • Jan 11, 2020
    Just genius. A perfect unconventional character.
  • Nov 28, 2019
    Slick production and pop music arrangements, very visually beautiful. Shame about the plot! I found none of the charachters to be likeable, particularly the Pope. He just didn't seem to be in touch with any real vulnerability. I found that the stories did not move me emotionally, yet wth the promised subject matter, I expected to be.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    I can't say enough about how good this series is to me. I just got done watching it for the second time. Jude Law put in his best performance ever as the diabolical but lovable Pope Pius XIII. He is not only hilarious, but he has a believable mystical quality that had me reduced to tears many times. If you're a catholic, or a former catholic, you'll either find this series compelling or offensive, or maybe both. Sometimes I thought the makers were trying to sexually fetishize catholic church rituals with their mixed editing. The subtle way they implied the existence of God was beautiful and worked perfectly. I enjoyed the Italian dialogue. I also enjoyed the evolution of the main characters. There was great humor in this project too. This might possibly be one of my favorite TV shows.
  • Jul 26, 2019
    Catholics will initially hate this series as it spears to be a slap in the face to the church, but by episode 5, it actually turns around and starts to focus on how to strengthen the church. I would not be surprised if their are more Catholics as a result of this. Personally, I could not stop watching this - beautifully filmed, interesting as all hell, and I'm a Hindu! 😂🕉
  • May 07, 2019
    So amazingly shot, surreal and hilarious. It makes me want to book a trip to Rome and visit the Vatican again. Jude Law is a devilish Pope and the casting choice is brilliant. Can't wait for the next season.
  • Feb 16, 2019
    Unconventional, Bold, and Revolutionary! This show is not perfect, but whether you like the self-obsessed and rude Jude Law's character, Lenny, or not and whether you'll be offended by such contemporary view of the church and religion or not, YOU WILL ENJOY IT.
  • Sep 29, 2018
    Out of the seemingly controversial, for the sake of attention, skin crawls a beautiful and heartwarming tale.
  • May 29, 2018

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