Pope Francis and Pope Benedict in The Two Popes

Is ‘The Two Popes’ worth watching?

The Two Popes is worth watching if:

  • You enjoy films that blend drama with real-life history. (think Narcos)
  • You appreciate good acting.
  • You want to learn more about the Pope and all that papacy stuff. (while also being entertained)

The Two Popes is not worth watching if:

  • You have less than zero interest in the Catholic Church and its traditions.
  • Two popes talk. your two eyes close.
  • You expect God to make several cameos.


  • Short and sweet cast, led by Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis.
  • Cinematography often makes you feel like you’re watching real footage.
  • Entertaining regardless of your background or beliefs.


  • Might rely a little too much on its stellar acting.
  • The use of English as the film’s main language may hurt the realism for some.
  • Two hours is all you get to spend in the world of Pope politics and Vatican scenery.

Pope Benedict and Pope Francis drinking fanta

score: 85% CHILLIN 

One sentence story summary: At a key turning point for the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI forms a surprising friendship with the future Pope Francis.

Going into The Two Popes, we at Flix and Chillin must admit our general knowledge about the Pope and all things Pope-dom was pretty low. Some might say, devilishly low. After having watched The Two Popes, we might know a little more, but it doesn’t really matter. This is much more a film about people than it is about a religion or a position.

The Two Popes is a movie starring two tremendously well-acted ‘characters’, the two most recent real-world popes, Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, whom we watch develop a unique and complicated relationship. The plot trudges along at the same pace as their casual conversations and sprouting friendship. This is to say if dialogue heavy stories aren’t your thing, you should probably find a different movie to bless with your presence.

While The Two Popes has flashes of breathtaking scenery, decor, and behind-the-scenes papal insight, with much of the film shot on-location at the Vatican and other beautiful religious places, it’s the philosophical script, dialogue, and acting that will have you keep faith.

If you’re interested in history, particularly modern history, watching The Two Popes is a no-brainer. The film does a great job at making you feel like a fly on the wall with its use of real-life archival footage along with cinematography that makes you feel present in each scene; watching two really old guys talk has truly never been so captivating.

If you’ve got strong opinions on the Pope or the catholic church, maybe there’s stuff in here that bugs you, maybe there isn’t, we wouldn’t know. Of course a lot of things will also be skipped over in a 2 hour movie that spans several years of time, so some might find issues there.

For the majority of people out there, The Two Popes should be at the top of your list the next time you’re looking to have a blessed movie night.

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