• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 13, 2020
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Anita Singh
    Jan 13, 2020
    60
    It is all deeply weird. But maybe life inside the Vatican is just that?
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Jan 13, 2020
    60
    Despite the three-and-a-half-year gap between The Young Pope and The New Pope, the nine-part sequel series feels remarkably contiguous with its predecessor. ... Occasionally, The New Pope flirts with transcendence.
  3. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 10, 2020
    60
    As fun as it is to watch Malkovich inhabit him, he’s not as compelling as Pius, whose presence hovers over the season despite his being unconscious for a lot of it. ... The New Pope would be much more enjoyable if it were streamlined into the five or six episodes necessary to effectively tell the story that needs to be told. Instead, we get nine, at least three of which just tread water.
  4. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Jan 7, 2020
    60
    Malkovich carries the bulk of the show’s episodes and absolutely devours the role. ... But The New Pope often meanders in its excess too long without staying put. It’s less a story than a sermon with too many subjects, taking on greed, and sex, and faith, and corruption but only in general, arms-length terms.
  5. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 13, 2020
    50
    The New Pope retains the formalist beauty and sumptuousness of its predecessor while failing to measure up storytelling-wise.
  6. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jan 6, 2020
    50
    Malkovich’s John Brannox, later Pope John Paul III, is harder to read; his politics are less about power and dominance than a silkier sort of finesse. A viewer’s tolerance will vary, but it is striking to have a show that seems almost to demand a massive central performance suddenly defined by understatement, by refusal. What’s more, the statement the show makes about the Vatican seems more muddled than ever.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 13, 2020
    40
    Striking but completely unnecessary addendum to his wildly imaginative, provocative (and frankly much better) 2017 series, “The Young Pope.”
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jan 15, 2020
    10
    HBOs new shows have been amazing and this is one of them. Rating -93% must see