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Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

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  1. Jan 7, 2013
    I was raised Catholic, so when I sat down to watch We Have a Pope, I suspected the critics who had been lukewarm to this movie just didn't get it. Sometimes high hopes lead to poor reactions, and that may be why I found We Have a Pope to be the most disappointing movie I'd seen during 2012. On the whole it wasn't funny enough to be a comedy and neither profound or complexly human enough to be a good drama.

    The basic plot starts with a papal election where it is clear that none of the eligible cardinals really want the job. Then a cardinal who wasn't considered favored is elected. At first he goes along with this, but right before his elevation is announced, he balks. Because the new pope hasn't officially introduced himself to the people, no one else can do it and all of the cardinals must remain shut in the Vatican until he changes his mind.

    All of this is fodder for some hilarious moments or profound statements about faith and human psychology and power. However, We Have a Pope wastes all of these opportunities by shying away from all the difficult questions this situation calls up. The new pope doesn't doubt his faith and never manages to articulate a reason for his refusal more complex than he's not up to the job. The movie meanders along to an ending which is only shocking in that it took two hours to arrive at the place we had been fifteen minutes in. The only bright spot in this slog is an intramural volleyball game between cardinals from different geographic regions. Spoiler: Oceania scores a point!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Marsha Lederman
    May 31, 2012
    If only Moretti had had the faith in his story and its gentle, organic comedy, and done away with the forced silliness.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 11, 2012
    This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    May 3, 2012
    The film wastes itself on silliness and scattered threads before very long, truly squandering a brilliant promise.