Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II : Season 1

  • Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 1, 2005
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13

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User Reviews

  1. HarryS
    Dec 2, 2005
    5
    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.
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 20
  2. Negative: 12 out of 20
  1. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Timothy Guanatilaka
    58
    This heart-tugger suffers from efficiency. [2 Dec 2005, p.74]
  2. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    40
    In the end, both [CBS' and ABC's Pope] movies stick to what viewers can agree on (commies and Nazis, bad; love, good), while skipping much of the Pope's sometimes polarizing tenure as a leader.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    30
    Granted, the smaller time frame makes it more difficult to chronicle an 80-some-odd-year life, but what emerges is a CliffsNotes version that fastidiously avoids crowd shots (presumably to keep costs down) and struggles to create drama with its worshipful tone.