• 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: Ben Travers
    Jan 13, 2020
    91
    Sorrentino’s series remains one of the most unique, enigmatic, and exhilarating television experiences that you can watch for depth, for fun, or for a wild combination of both.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 13, 2020
    80
    Even when “The New Pope” stumbles, it’s hard to do anything but gape and marvel in the best way possible. The performances remain excellent. ... “The New Pope” itself has no interest in compromise, and for that, if you’ll pardon the expression, god be praised.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Outrageous, audacious, seductive, sexy and byzantine, to say nothing of visually voluptuous. ... “The New Pope,” which opens with Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, still on life support, is about the writing—writing that, for most of the series’ nine episodes, is pure mischief.
  4. Reviewed by: Niv M. Sultan
    Jan 10, 2020
    75
    Despite the sordid, festering material that the series explores, what ultimately emerges from The New Pope is sheer beauty. It’s an understated grace, one that director Paolo Sorrentino and cinematographer Luca Bigazzi effect with an eye to intimacy.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 13, 2020
    70
    The payoffs of “The New Pope,” whether you enjoy them or not, are mostly in the visual flourishes and conceits, often set to pointedly secular pop songs. ... It has strong elements of workplace sitcom, but it even more closely resembles another venerable genre: the Mafia movie. Voiello and his ecclesiastical associates, bickering and maneuvering, are like the members of a crime family, making offers that maybe, with eternity in mind, you shouldn’t refuse.
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