We Have a Pope
We Have a Pope (2012)

Nanni Moretti joins forces with the great French actor Michel Piccoli to tell the story of Melville, a cardinal who suddenly finds himself elected as the next Pope. Never the front runner and completely caught off guard, he panics as… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 6, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Always the star of his movies, even when he shouldn't be, the atheist Moretti gets caught up in his own papal bull. But Piccoli's blessed empathy prevails.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Though skeptical, the film isn't at all mean-spirited.

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post

Director and star Moretti is improbably likable as a sometimes smug psychiatrist. The entire supporting cast is composed of character actors with extraordinarily expressive faces. But the standout is Michel Piccoli in the lead.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos. But he refuses to forge an orthodox happy ending, let alone a tinny satire.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

"We Have a Pope" is a nuanced, moving and profoundly humane exploration of doubt, faith, weakness and resolve.

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Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

While We Have a Pope contains an interesting idea for a film, it ultimately fails to portray the struggle Cardinal Melville is going through, which is the centerpiece of the entire film.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

We Have a Pope takes its shots at the institution of the Catholic Church, but this is by no means a scathing satire. It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"We Have a Pope" has great heart.

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Jeff Beck

This is certainly a great idea for a film, it just needs better execution, less stalling for and wasting of time, and a better means of showing the difficult period that Cardinal Melville is going through.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even with Piccoli in a strong performance, it doesn't live up to the promise of its premise, offering us an efficient first half with a good pacing but… More
John Ballantine
A promising beginning turns into a bit of a mess. This is a film that does not know whether to take itself seriously or as a pure comedy and leads to a very… More
Debbie Elbin
What a wonderful film. Shame that it didn't get more recognition in Cannes. Cloaked in humor, this is nonetheless a serious look at a religious… More
Walter M.
As the Papal Conclave wears on, it appears that there is no clear frontrunner which might have something to do with nobody really wanting the promotion.… More