88

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
By turns sweet, sad, funny and poignant, We Have a Pope is the story of a man who doesn't want to be God's representative on Earth.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's more of a character study, insightful and nuanced, about a man grappling with a profound sense of inadequacy, questioning himself. In many ways, We Have a Pope recalls last year's Oscar winner, "The King's Speech": Someone who doesn't feel up to the job fate has handed him, and then struggling to come to terms with it.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are elements of comedy here, and some very low-key slapstick, but the film is respectful to the Catholic Church and the papacy and takes no cheap shots.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
We Have a Pope is not the filmmaker's next assault on a Roman patriarch. It's a half-sweet, half-rueful existential drama in which the satire comes secondary.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Meticulous staging and Piccoli's world-weary presence balance any silliness, making the issues here feel relevant and real. The method is not pointed political satire but gentle enlightenment.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This is rich material that Moretti mines for both superficial absurdity and deep pathos.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

Nanni Moretti's tender, funny and timely Vatican romp entertains, but lacks the director's customary bite.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Whenever it stays with Piccoli, though, it's mysterious and moving, struck by the humility of a man who's not up to playing God.
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
As lukewarm as We Have a Pope may be as a piece of filmmaking, Moretti doesn't tread particularly gently into sacred territory. The picture could be more irreverent, but at least it dares to suggest that popes are people too.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

Piccoli gives the film a depth it perhaps doesn't deserve.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.