The Two Popes (2019) - Biography, Comedy, Drama

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Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce
Length: 125 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 48 out of 494 found boring (9.71%)

One-line Reviews (230)

Yawn .

Similar style, slow and long, legendary actors, who became victims of their success and play essentially themselves, linear and simple story - memories and regrets of two old timers.

Surprisingly entertaining and quite moving .

This is a very enjoyable and interesting drama about Pope Benedict meeting the future Pope Francis before his resignation.

An Uninteresting Depiction of Antagonistic Friendship .

The performances were wonderful, the acting was top-notch, the music terrific, but was really took the cake was the absolutely stunning cinematography.

The scenario was pretty boring, the only thing that was pretty amazing was the performance of Anthony Hopkins!!

Flow-wise, for a biographical drama on such historical figures, I'd say it's more engaging than most people would expect it to be.

This is a compelling film worth watching.

Oscar worthy performances, stunning landscapes, sets and cinematography, decent directing except for "The Office" type annoying fast zoom-ins and shaky cams.

Even more fascinating is how both Popes are portrayed.

Fascinating acting!

This movie is pure propaganda for Liberation Theology and Marxist ideology.

Filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick openly was saying how much he admires Polish filmmakers for their contribution to world cinema and as a master director he himself perfected this technic summing it up in my favorite quote: "If you really want to communicate something, even if it's just an emotion or an attitude, let alone an idea, the least effective and least enjoyable way is directly.

Entire film full of boring conversation of Ratzinger and Jorge!

The setting is the Holy See Has some moving moments, top notch performances and exhibits unexpected mundane moments and significative hobbies of both that shake the script

Despite the, to most people, dull sounding premise for many non-religious folk (including myself), this is not a film that you need to be religious to watch.

Their portrayal was utterly compelling and totally engaging throughout, pulling the viewer into a film is devoid of anything except intense thought provoking dialogue.

Wonderful Performances Make for an Entertaining Watch .

There are so many stunning moments in the film, I don't even know where to start.

At the end, it feels like Catholic propaganda.

So fascinating and beautifully produced .

But in a nutshell this is a really boring and slow film during which hardly anything happens.

To be honest, I only watched it because of the Oscar nomination- which by the way, it's totally deserved- and I enjoyed it from the very beginning to the very end.

Huge recommendation for a truly intriguing film.

I enjoyed it very much except for the subtitles.

Thoroughly enjoyable film with two British actors at the top of their game.

Is this movie worth watching?

What should be a dull and dry story about the direction of the Catholic church.

In a way that is too bad, because one has to presume the Vatican has seen its fair share of true stories more engaging, dramatic and intellectually interesting than what made the final cut here.

Here is where you could see the magic of Anthony McCarten with his pen - the dialogues were snappy and punches both views strongly.

Being driven forwards by an engaging and thoughtful feel-good story & the highly enjoyable and amusing acting duo of Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes" deliver the heartfelt entertainment.

The story itself was interesting but the film often had some slower moments because a lot of the conversations were not too interesting or leading to anything.

In the end the sights and sounds of these 2 acting giants bouncing off each other, including many a witty line, makes this is highly original and thoroughly entertaining experience.

Sterling cinematography further enhances and complements the unique narrative style and riveting acting.

Compelling dialogue, superb locations and definite oscar nomination for Jonathan Pryce.

That's also due to a really great and engaging script.

The relationship between the two popes is fascinating.

Nevertheless the film has been written and directed very smartly, its visually engaging.

Fascinating .

The pacing was too slow for the 125 min run-time that felt much longer.

Honest and authentic, enjoyed it all the way through.

And for a naturally slower-than-most film, the pacing of 'Popes' never feels off - it fits perfectly.

Does "The Two Popes" ever risk becoming boring?

He has been nominated for one directing Oscar (for "City of God"), and here he shows his ability to maintain both visual interest and intellectual fascination through two hours of what amounts to an intense, extended talk.

The Two Popes: Boring.

A very entertaining film.

), the story is actually quite engaging and.

THE TWO POPES (2019) English, Movie review, My rating : 3.5/5A dramatic, humane and humour-laced rendition of the dialogues between two wise geriatrics with opposite ideals that gives an engrossing movie watching experience.

And enjoyed it greatly.

Who would've thought a dialogue-heavy movie about popes could be so entertaining?

The cinematography made me raise an eyebrow once or twice, it's a bit bland at times.

It's funny, it's engaging and most importantly it's a masterclass in acting.

She complained that it was slow, boring, that nothing happened, that it was just the two popes talking and that she already knew the end.

I absolutely love the conversations between the two popes quite intriguing reminds of other films with sophisticated characters.

Despite the film's introspective nature, there is only a sort of faux character development with both popes ending up basically as memes (again, the stodgy, senile grandpa and the chill, open-minded grandpa).

Apocrypha, perhaps, but entertaining nonetheless.

A fascinating movie about how these two Popes reached a solution that may salvage the Catholicism and make it finally be closer to their believers.

There's a stunning air of magic and enthusiasm present throughout the entirety of the film as Meirelles and his production team bring to life a series of visually stunning locations (highlights include a faithfully recreated version of the Sistine Chapel) that provide wonderful backdrops for Hopkins and Pryce to act around.

Finally, this movie proves that a simple, slow, engaging narrative with two exceptional actors can culminate in a pleasurable and thought-provoking movie.

Make the film unwatchable!

Also, the set of the re-created Sistine Chapel is breathtaking and accurate.

The element that drives home the focus on Francis is the second act extended flashback to Francis' past, which did provide a more complete view on experiences shaping his views, but was far too long a diversion for what it added.

Too long, slow, and full of boring conversation of the two Popes!

If there is any I didn't notice due to film length and boredom with its idealized characters

From acting to writing to directing, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable way to spend two hours.

This was an absorbing biography inspiration of Popes Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) & Francis (Jonathan Pryce) .

However, it also goes on for way too long, gets tedious during the second half, and finishes as a mediocre & forgettable biopic.

Bur worth watching.

very slow and very dull pacing made it drag.

The initial meeting between these two strong heads and their exchange of opinions and views were absolutely thrilling to hear.

Outstanding performances for a compelling drama .

Huge swaths in Italian and Spanish make it hard to follow .

This really is a classy, well-done and thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening production and well worth watching.

CONS:-It's so freaking slow that I got bore in the first 10 minutes and after 40 minutes, I almost got sleep.

How much cinema propaganda.

This is a really enjoyable thought provoking film with some beautiful scenes.

Stunning film .

First off, for those who might think this movie looks boring...

This film is a propaganda piece for Francis's left-wing ministry.

Long, drawn out, very boring .

While I enjoyed the films overall attempt at this fascinating story, I found myself distracted at times at just how utterly underwhelming the film's overall cinematography, coming off as a lower budgeted film; I felt there was , at times, a real loss at intimacy.

Engaging enough .

Simply stunning .

It's not a good film , it is a beautifully written, perfectly acted film which really digs into the heart of the Catholic Church and makes it fascinating, moving and riveting.

Slower for the Better .

It is definitely worth watching and it is evidence that you don't need running, explosion and romantic love to make a good movie.

Stellar performances in a dull slow pace .

An amazing cast with intense and relevant dialogues.

For all the people talking about how it was a surprisingly fun and engaging film, it was exactly as riveting as I'd expect a movie with two popes talking for the entirety of it would be.

In truth, I was expecting it to be dry & boring and expected to switch it off within a few minutes.

The time shifts were hard to follow at the being.

The realism of the cinematography, dialogue, and Pryce's performance add to the film, but to be an effective realist and human film, it needed to do more in either developing both characters or engaging more with modern society.

Also super fascinating was how the votes were sewn together with red yarn.

A story that begins as damning look at the institution, but ends in hope, with both characters opening up in quite unexpected ways.

Catholic, Athiest, Hindu, or Church of Tom Cruise of Latter Day Scientologists, this move is worth watching.

Overall it's definitely flawed but it's definitely worth watching for Hopkins and Pryce alone and it just goes to show that at times Netflix does have decent content, if it's done by good directors and good actors.

Worth the watch just to see two phenomenal actors sparring at their best.

The film is always compelling.

I enjoyed it very much.

For supposedly two great theologians, there conversations on that topic are indeed just trite and shallow - no further depth to it than two adolescents testing their immature tongues around the topic.

Nevertheless, Fernando Meirelles has managed to create a highly enjoyable Netflix flick.

Very boring, nothing happens .

The locations are stunning and the cinematography is impeccable.

First Hit: Very engaging film about the Catholic Church's 2012 shift towards being more liberal.

I must admit I loved this picture extremely enjoyable film with great performances , Johnathan Pryce is magnificent Oscar worthy performance ,the directing and the writing are another powerful thing to add the dialogue is funny convincing and sincere

The initial meeting between these two strong heads and their exchange of opinions and views were absolutely thrilling to hear.

Bad ratings and repetitive story-lines means a new character is shoehorned into the cast.

Both leads are incredible and the story is compelling and makes you want to watch more and more.

Entirely fictionalised, but surprisingly entertaining and well-written, even though it maybe skirts the line of propaganda a little too closely.

I highly recommend it.

The performances by Pryce and Hopkins were exceptional - very humorous, and the subtleties of there characters made for a fascinating chemistry.

The lack of impactful climax also participates in the flat bore fest this movie is.

Even though words may bore some not in the case of the movie for the fast paced editing of the film and its music balances it.

I myself have great difficulty in accepting the palatial surroundings that support the Vatican and its occupants, even more difficulty in accepting the summer villas and the helicopter /jet transport, but then I realize that all of this is funded by voluntary donations from all over the world and I accept that the worshipers feel it is all justified in the cause of honoring The AlmightyA thought provoking movie, well worth watching.

I did however struggle with the first 45 minutes but the next 1 hour 15min was riveting.

It seems simple story but in fact it is a really fascinating story.

- are stunning, the script sparkles, Pryce and Hopkins give deliciously nuanced performances.

Nice cinematography and editing but Zzzzz .

When i sat down to watch it i thought it will be boring...

The result is that the film loses its balance and slides too far into the positive aspects, gaining a little air of propaganda in favor of the papacy and its servants.

An engrossing film, Directed by Fernando Meirelles from a screenplay by Anthony McCarten.

Stunning .

Ignore the naysayers, it's worth the watch .

Amazing that Hollywood continues to pump out blatant propaganda.

A riveting watch & delight from start to finish !

Hopkins and Pryce are fantastic and the Two Popes is worth the watch just for that itself.

It is a very engaging film.

I was genuinely bored throughout the movie.

As a Catholic Christian (but not exactly religious), I thoroughly enjoyed it!

I enjoyed it and will recommend it to others .

What a waste of time .

For some this will mean patience with people who seem to slow to change and for others willingness to take\ steps forward that seem scary.

It is a very riveting movie with hidden messages to the world To be better.

Both firmly in 'boots on the ground' roles, the pair demonstrate that all you need for an engaging film is two actors still at the top of game.

In all, The Two Popes is surprisingly engaging, being a film of more than just two old men talking.

I enjoyed it.

I was amazed how the filmmakers got access to the real-world locations and the cinematography was simply stunning.

Dull, just dull.

If you like unrealistic, pro-marxist, open border propaganda with good acting this is the movie for you.

Movie become slow in between, with given nature of movie.

Cheap propaganda for the current pope.

(Regardless if its accurate or propaganda.

how a dialogue-based movie could make me sooo immersed in it, i cried three times during the movie.

Here is where you could see the magic of Anthony McCarten with his pen - the dialogues were snappy and punches both views strongly.

It's more intense, nonviolent, skillfully made.

Other than that, it is entertaining.

The movie becomes something witty and riveting in the hands of director Fernando Meirelles who shows the two men as human who have both made mistakes and have doubts about themselves.

I particularly like the scene where the two popes talk in the garden, as it is intense.

It's so enjoyable to watch them act with a great sensitivity for their characters, depth and humour.

They involve the intense interchange between Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce), the Argentinian Archbishop who took over the Papacy following Benedict's resignation.

I understand the importance of the events portrayed by this docudrama, however the relative inexperience of Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles turns what could've been a fast paced Catholic-political thriller into a sleepfest in which the wife and I fell asleep at least twice during our viewing.

After a slow and bumpy opening, this move came together for me in a way I never expected.

While The Two Popes has been touted as an in-depth conversation between two esteemed men of the church, a promotion that does not sound very promising, given the quality of the performances and the overall production, the film is surprisingly entertaining and quite moving.

But director Fernando Mireilles has succeeded in making a film of mostly dialogue fascinating and moving.

It's just that for me it seemed so disjointed.

You will be immersed in this film from the first minute to the last, many moving scenes which are beautifully played by Hopkins and Price.

And with intriguing camerawork by Meirelles (City of God), that gives the movie a documentary-like vibe, the film sucks you into the story without ever getting bored.

Problem with the two popes is that it's a boring movie.

A thoroughly enjoyable match .


Could certainly be a play, but there's such unexpected cinematic flair and genuine visual beauty only possible in the film forum.

Because it IS slow.

Pretentious and boring.

The two popes, essentially a film about two old dudes walking around and talking for 2 hours; yet somehow it was such a fascinating conversation about the state of world religions and faith that it actually made for such an interesting watch.

The filming and sets are very beautiful with a recreated Sistine Chapel - very brightly illuminated and fascinating to look at.

The short verdict is: It's not an exceptional piece of cinema, but a relevant, feel-good and entertaining drama.

Take the time to actually SLOW DOWN and want to change.

Well executed, terrible propaganda .

A propaganda fantasy .

Needless to say, this film is a remarkably gripping and profound portrait of how the Catholic Church has evolved over the late-twentieth and early twenty-first century.

A masterclass by two veteran actors, The Two Popes is an unexpectedly engaging and humorous look at the 2012/13 papal power passover.

Riveting .

I'm glad I persevered as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

An Engrossing Film .

The music is fantastic and the visuals are gorgeous, all accompanied by a riveting script.

The Two Popes is a nice change from action packed films but one of slower pace and story.

The results are fascinating master classes of give-and-take, of knowing when to overshadow and when to stay back.

It is a movie worth watching as both protagonists are excellent in their roles.

For a movie about two old religious guys talking to each other it's surprisingly colourful and dynamic (see the handheld camerawork, lively soundtrack, and bright and goofy end credits) but it's got dramatic weight too: the leads excel and the great and hefty dialogue is complemented by plenty of personal character moments and an intriguing look at papacy politics (superbly edited).

But the story was very slow and getting interested in what was going on was difficult cause the narrative was too drawn out.

I personally like pope Francis, but it was extremely hard (and boring) for me to watch this film - it lacks any conflict.

So how does The Two Popes keep from becoming a kind of long, boring Firing Line?

With an intriguing, albeit simple approach to its source material, The Two Popes makes for a nice, lighthearted film that pertains to the significance of listening to other people's perspectives on the world around them and how it can end up being a positive influence on you.

Heavy Handed Netflix Propaganda .

How to make an entertaining movie of two hours about a serious, conflicted and, excuse my holy French, most of the time boring subject as the Pope and catholic church?

The animated reaction over the exciting moments in the game is pure joy to watch.

Really enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

The Two Popes is an engaging story about two people navigating the future of the Catholic Church .

After all, I don't give a rat's ass about the British royal family either, but I thought "The Queen" was a fascinating character study.

Propaganda .

I am an atheist and enjoyed it.

I'm no expert but i know what i like, and i was hoping that this was a good movie, the shoddy camera work makes this unwatchable and i hope this isnt a trend that other filmmakers would follow.

5/10 - despite disagreeing with just about everything that the Catholic Church stands for, I found this film to be quite intriguing although not my top choice for Oscar gold

This movie tells this exciting and unusual story of Pope Benedict's ascension after Pope John Paul II passed away and his subsequent resignation.

One of the best propaganda movies that has ever been made.

I'll be honest I saw what the film was about d expected it to be extremely dull if somewhat well acted at best but this took me by surprise it was thoroughly engaging and connected emotionally with a much greater ease than I expected.

Great dialogue with stunning performance that fascinate and elevate the desire to become a Catholic.

This is a slow moving movie based on dialog and the acting.

Virtue-signalling propaganda piece .

The writer's thoroughly imagined what each other would say and it was quite engaging and very well researched.

The Two Popes is a very soft narrative and at the same time a very compelling history.

So intense acting!

The story between two opposing popes is presented so light, so elegant that ended with something truly unexpected.

Engaging perspective about recent events in the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church .

The filming is beautiful and the sets awe inspiring.

Liberation Theology Propaganda .

The plot is a bit slow and after reviewing afterwards, a bit fabricated.

Good movie, good acting but its propaganda to make the church look better in lights of recent cases.

And surprisingly, those not very visual, conversational sequences are quite gripping.

This was entertaining for me as someone who's somewhere between an atheist and a holly roller.

Much enjoyable.

It's a film that's very Catholic in its approach, yet still manages to be delightfully entertaining.

The movie gets slow, feels too long, subtitles makes it hard to follow.

While The Two Popes is a film that leans on the slower side of storytelling, its wonderful scenery, engaging conversations and charming leads make its two hours of runtime enjoyable, informative and reflective.

Best Propaganda Ever .

But except for some little technical things here and there the movie is interesting, enjoyable and I'll probably watch it again.

Absolutely fascinating performances .

Besides the director and the cast, it was also the sort of unexpected Golden Globe nomination for "The Two Popes" as the best motion picture (drama) that intrigued me.

The movie is enjoyable and instructive, I suggest you to eat pizza before or after it.

The year is winding down but be sure to check out The Two Popes, its a film that is definitely worth watching for its introspective performances.

The film is also solid technically, and reasonably engaging for a movie about two old guys sitting around talking.

Cheap propaganda .

I thought it was confusing why the director made those choices.

While the proceedings are predictable as they're quite recent, the lengthy exchanges between the Popes are well written, performed, and captured.

But in the end this was a very entertaining film which is surprising given the subject matter.

Considering just the two of them acted out a good >90% of this proves how engaging the story is too.

The acting is first class, as you might expect, the story is engaging although a bit dialogue-centric at times.

In this he shows his ability to maintain both visual interest and intellectual fascination through two hours of what amounts to an intense, extended talk.

Thoroughly engrossing, entertaining and informative .