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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 1, 2005
  • Season #: 1
Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II Image

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. 88
    Kretschmann... delivers one of the finest performances seen on TV this year.
  2. The movie races so quickly through the milestones of his career... that some of the most powerful moments in his papacy are underplayed.
  3. 50
    Fear plays like an illustrated Life of the Saints on fast-forward. Blink and you can miss decades.
  4. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    All this feels dutiful and rote - the CliffsNotes version.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    It zips through 60-plus years of Wojtyla's life at a pace that manages to be both breakneck and boring.
  6. Stiflingly reverential, sadly superficial.
  7. I think I could have written a better script during the two hours it took me to watch "Have No Fear." I think you could, too, and I don't even know you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. HubertT
    Dec 2, 2005
    OK, first of all im only 14 years old and yes I was born in Poland. But sad to say i didn't like this movie that much. It's to short but, you all have to understand that the movie was set as a flashback. When John Paul II was praying at the Black Madonna in his older years he's thinking of what has happened in his life as from the time he was there as a child with his father. Also in the movie he says while praying at the time ,"As I was here praying for my mother's soul I was also praying for my poor father," ( or somthing close to that ).Tho I don't agree with the ending. His death comes to quick. And The flashbacks are to short they should have included more important detailed things about his life. I'm rating this movie as a 10 beacuse of the well done job by the actors and the parts of the movie that were wonderfully done. Expand
  2. DebbieS
    Dec 2, 2005
    Movie was just starting as I was channel surfing and it caught my attention. Couldn't change the channel after that. I thought it was done very well. Expand
  3. John
    Feb 7, 2006
    This was as great as the cbs mini series if not better
  4. TarynW
    Dec 2, 2005
    How refreshing to watch "believable acting" set in an authentic setting. I knew very little about the deceased Pope, and found the film rivetting!
  5. HarryS
    Dec 2, 2005
    This movie ran too quickly over the most important moments of the Holy Father's life and Papacy. There is much to tell and I'm afraid it fell far short of what we expected. Expand
  6. RaulJulia
    Dec 2, 2005
    While I loved this Pope, I couldn't stand this movie. Biographical snippets with NO passion or reason to believe the acting. Horrible writing and ultimately BORING waste of time. Read a BIO on this Pope or go do something nice for someone in place of this movie. Expand
  7. CJeb
    Dec 2, 2005
    Wow! What a terrible 2 hours. Absolutely no depth to the movie.

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