The Two Popes

    The Two Popes


    Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict. Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

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    • Jonathan PryceJorge Bergoglio / Pope Francis
    • Anthony HopkinsJoseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI
    • Juan MinujínYoung Jorge Bergoglio
    • Luis GneccoCardinal Hummes
    • Cristina BanegasLisabetta
    • María UcedoEsther Ballestrine
    • Renato ScarpaCamerlengo
    • Sidney ColeCardinal Turkson
    • Achille BrugniniCardinal Martini
    • Federico TorreProtodeacon Estevez


    • 100


      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.
    • 100

      The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

      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

      The Hollywood Reporter

      Anchored by two outstanding performances from Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, the film is a triumph of writing as well as unostentatious filmmaking.
    • 90


      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.
    • 90

      Screen Daily

      The delicate dance between the two veteran actors, both eagerly devouring a late-life jewel of a script, is a joy to behold.
    • 83

      The Playlist

      Somehow the filmmakers found lightheartedness and – gasp – laughs in a story of political intrigue at the top of the notoriously buttoned-up Catholic Church.
    • 67


      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.
    • 63

      New York Post

      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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