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The Two Popes

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United Kingdom, Italy

2019

Rated PG-13 • 2h 5m

Director Fernando Meirelles

Starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Sidney Cole, Juan Minujín

Genre Drama

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Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission from Pope Benedict XVI to resign from the Church due to frustrations with the direction it is heading. After receiving no response, he goes to Rome to meet with the Pope, where Benedict refuses his resignation and reveals something that would shock the Catholic world and destabilize everything the Vatican knew about tradition.

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Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

The two actors are bound to be showered with awards, as is the production design, the polished script, etc. But there’s no intrigue, no real substance beneath all the gloss.
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IndieWire by Eric Kohn

The endearing chemistry between these characters and the movie’s breezy tone often clashes with the subject at hand. That creates a peculiar dissonance whenever the movie attempts to dig deep on matters of faith, or the bleaker controversies involving the Catholic Church today.
83

The Playlist by Gregory Ellwood

Somehow the filmmakers found lightheartedness and – gasp – laughs in a story of political intrigue at the top of the notoriously buttoned-up Catholic Church.
100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

It is extremely difficult to make something as invisible and ineffable as religious faith seem real, let alone touching, on film; doing that is only one of the achievements of Fernando Meirelles’ unusual look inside the papacy.
90

Variety by Peter Debruge

While its subject may be religious, The Two Popes doesn’t want to convert the viewer. Rather, as an extraordinary piece of writing — and an even more impressive showcase for its actors — it eloquently communicates the importance of giving people something to believe in.
63

New York Post by Sara Stewart

If nothing else, the mere sight of two popes drinking brews and watching a soccer game together is one of the more surreal things you’ll see at the movies this year.
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TheWrap by Sasha Stone

What makes The Two Popes so delightful, other than the very funny script, is watching two seasoned actors play off each other for two hours. Both Hopkins and Pryce illustrate what the craft of acting is really about.

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