The Young Pope: Miniseries Reviews

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January 23, 2020
[It] sometimes confuses showiness, sexiness, or transgressiveness with ecstasy, a muddling of its message that might be more troubling if it were not also often funny, daring, gorgeous, and unlike anything else...
January 17, 2020
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 31, 2019
The most compulsory series this year since Big Little Lies.
November 3, 2018
The dreamlike pomp and circumstance amount to one head-scratching hour of television. However, is "The Young Pope" any good?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2018
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
August 24, 2018
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.
July 10, 2018
The Young Pope leaves you glued to the screen. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 22, 2018
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.
December 19, 2017
This may be the first time in his versatile screen career that Jude Law has been utterly terrifying.
November 20, 2017
The show's overarching meaning, perhaps, remains elusive or even contradictory. But it's best to take a step back, and not expect rigorous internal logic. Certainly, what The Young Pope doesn't demand is a solemn audience.
November 2, 2017
It's a Miracle of God that Jude Law's controversial HBO show wasn't banned for hurting religious sentiments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2017
[Young Pope] is Jude Law in his best ever performance, both magnetic and unreadable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 28, 2017
[Pius'] contradiction is too great, and the explanation is - to put it in his own fiery words - not enough.
August 24, 2017
[The Young Pope's] got great performances and a genuine air of mystery.
August 15, 2017
The Young Pope stirred as much as it entertained - quite an accomplishment for the show that gave us priests in tracksuits.
June 26, 2017
Despite its opaque messaging, The Young Pope is recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 31, 2017
There is a plethora of hyper-stylised sequences, right from the opening sequence to one involving a kangaroo. But by this time, the director has the magnetic Law to tie it all together.
May 4, 2017
It could've chosen to see its characters and its world in an ironic and detached manner, but Sorrentino decided to develop them with complexity and ambition. [Full review in Portuguese]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 21, 2017
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.
February 24, 2017
HBO's The Young Pope - inscrutable, satirical, consistently surprising - calls to mind the pious wisdom of Saint Teresa of Avila: "More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered prayers."
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