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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as Lenny Belardo/Pope Pius XIII
as Sister Mary
as Cardinal Michael Spencer
as Cardinal Voiello
as Cardinal Dussolier
as Cardinal Gutierrez
as Cardinal Caltanissetta
as Archbishop Kurtwell
as Father Tomasso
as Sister Antonia
as Prime Minister of Greenland
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[Young Pope] is Jude Law in his best ever performance, both magnetic and unreadable.
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.
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.
It's gorgeous, disturbing, weird, slow to reveal information and short on explanations. But talk about one heck of a Vatican-inspired fashion show.
Shot in Italy, The Young Pope is always beautiful and often fascinating. It offends as often as it intrigues, and then it turns poignant.
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"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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