The Young Pope: Miniseries (2017)

The Young Pope

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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: 87


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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 (87) | 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…

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

Jan 13, 2017 | Full Review…

It's no big exaggeration to say that The Young Pope runs the full gamut of the life experience of the highest servant of Christ.

Jun 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Amid The Young Pope's enigmas, Sorrentino has developed a second theme that is far less opaque: a defense of inexplicable, unfashionable moral choices, ones that defy both common sense and church doctrine.

Mar 26, 2020 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Young Pope: Miniseries

  • Jul 13, 2020
    The Young Pope is an unfocused miniseries about a narcissistic and delusional pope with mommy and daddy issues. It aims high and often hits its mark in unique and funny ways; but if you strip away its sumptuous style and powerful acting, all that's left is unearned character development and dead-end subplots. A show that was so much fun in the beginning quickly transitioned into a glum melodramatic snoozefest -- its bathos and redundancy proves it could and should have been a two- to three-hour film.
  • May 04, 2020
    ماذا لو في واحدة من اقدم المؤسسات الدينية في العالم وفي غفلة من الزمن تقلد منصب البابوية شاب صغير عبقري الى حد الجنون ودرويش الى حد التقدس، ثم قال لهم .. (اقتلوا أنفسكم) .. في الكنيسة الرومانية كما في غيرها لا تكمن أزمة -أو قوة- أي مؤسسة عقائدية في أفكارها أو في اخلاص قواعدها وأتباعها، انما تكمن في كِلا (نزاهة وكفاءة) القيادات الوسطى/الوكلاء/المعتمدين (وفي حالة "البابا الصغير" هم كرادلة الفاتيكان). ولأن البابا الجديد صغير/درويش/عبقري فإنه يقرر ان يتمرد على الصورة النمطية لدور البابا الذي من وظيفته تسيير عمل نظام الاكليروس وتطمين "المؤمنين" إلى وجود الله، ويقرر تحطيم أصنام "التوازنات" ويعيد الكنيسة لوظيفة "الهداية" وإثارة الناس للمعرفة بدلا من إدارة الريع والثروة والألاعيب الدبلوماسية. (من أنت حقا أيها البابا؟) .. سؤال يطفو في كل لحظة في السر والعلن مِن أمامه وِمن وراء ظهره .. هل هو شيطان يحطم الدين والكنيسة؟ أم قدّيس يعيد الإيمان من الخرافة إلى الله؟ وراعٍ صالح يعيد الدين من الكهنوت إلى الناس؟ .. فكيف استطاع هذا "الشاب" استعمال قوانين واسرار الكهنوت ضد الكنيسة (أو لصالحها!).
  • Mar 25, 2020
    It is stunningly beautiful while being extremely weird. I was mesmerized by all the set designs. All the performances are terrific and Jude Law was terrific with his thirst for power and you were cheering for his comeuppance. The turmoil of the Vatican was terrific and the scrambling for power was an added bonus.
  • Mar 10, 2020
    I really liked the first season. A series like no other. And the second season some how gets even better!!!! Must watch this!!
  • Mar 09, 2020
    The story line is interesting from the beginning to the end, the actors are extraordinary and all the scenes are shot in an artistic way that I wish I saw more often. Highly recommend, and the second season has even more of all of the above, which left me speechless many times during the show.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    Spontaneously charming, this series plays on the absurdities of the church while still paying homage to its core principles and beliefs. Jude Law's captivating performance as the first American pope is full of wit and charisma, and while you may question the narrative every now and again, you will be grateful you strapped in for the ride.
  • Feb 08, 2020
    Still on of the best
  • Jan 21, 2020
    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 ?
  • Jan 18, 2020
    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.

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