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'The Young Pope' Season Premiere Recap: Heat Pray Love

15 January 2017 7:00 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"We have forgotten to masturbate!"

So proclaims Pope Pius Xiii to the adoring throngs gathered in St. Peter's Square to hear the first homily of his papacy. Yet when it comes to the jaw-dropping moments in the premiere episode of The Young Pope, the Holy Father's ode to onanism barely even makes the Top 10.

Italian writer-director Paolo Sorrentino kicks off his highly anticipated series with the surreal dream-image of the new pope emerging from a literal mountain of dead and dying babies. He follows it up with not one but »

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The Young Pope Season 1 Review

12 January 2017 8:48 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Five episodes were provided to us prior to broadcast.

Whether religious or otherwise, HBO’s latest miniseries The Young Pope will provoke a reaction out of you. Silly, sensational, stylistic and quite often sublimely sacrilegious, writer/director Paolo Sorrentino’s daring, astounding, contemporary, deeply erratic-but-defiantly bold television program is the type of devilish, tongue-in-cheek dramedy that’ll either become your latest unholy addiction or the fiendish destain of your local church gatherings. Maybe it’ll be both? It certainly won’t be neither. It’ll for sure be controversial though, and it’ll most definitely be discussed, both with praise and scorn. But God help you if you don’t have fun watching its ferocious temptations come ablaze.

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. The Young Pope might be one of the most scandalously marvelous original television programs of the new year and I gave into the seduction. It’s splashy, »

- Will Ashton

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TV Review: ‘The Young Pope’ on HBO

11 January 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Imperious, unpredictable, and a master manipulator, the new leader ignores tradition and precedent in favor of a cryptic agenda only he comprehends. Scattered clues about his worldview are ominous, if not downright dangerous, and he excels at keeping everyone around him off-balance. Curbing the impulses of this arrogant and needy man is an impossible task, leaving bureaucrats, opportunists, and advisors to fume, plot, and drink. Through it all, the new leader glows with delight every time he tweaks the prerogatives of those who dare to question him.

You could say “The Young Pope” is timely.

This important and subversive HBO series, an international co-production that already aired in Italy, was written by creator Paolo Sorrentino well before the American presidential election. But as the post-Cold War world order fades away, individuals and nations alike are contending with instability and uncertainty where staid institutions and cultural norms once held sway. Looking at Brexit, Trump »

- Maureen Ryan

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‘The Young Pope’ Review: Jude Law is Bad and Boujee in Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO Series That’s Set to Surprise

11 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Young Pope” is not what you think. It’s not dripping with self-importance, adherent to the weight many assign its sensitive topic. Nor is Paolo Sorrentino’s serialized debut a monstrous affront to Catholicism, throwing stones at a centuries-old institution from the outside. Even after two hours with “The Young Pope,” the Italian director of “The Great Beauty” and “Youth” holds back the defining visual summation of his show.

But when it hits (early in Episode 3), you’ll know it. And you’ll laugh.

It’s not as though people haven’t been laughing already. Much has been made of HBO’s foreign acquisition in the past week, when the show’s title went viral well before the season premiere. Social media users came out in force with memes, song parodies, and sharp jabs at the stodgy ol’ church, all building a brand around a show not yet released »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Young Pope’ Review: Jude Law Rules with Old Testament Authority in an HBO Series That’s Set to Surprise

11 January 2017 5:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Young Pope” is not what you think. It’s not dripping with self-importance, adherent to the weight many assign its sensitive topic. Nor is Paolo Sorrentino’s serialized debut a monstrous affront to Catholicism, throwing stones at a centuries-old institution from the outside. Even after two hours with “The Young Pope,” the Italian director of “The Great Beauty” and “Youth” holds back the defining visual summation of his show.

But when it hits (early in Episode 3), you’ll know it. And you’ll laugh.

It’s not as though people haven’t been laughing already. Much has been made of HBO’s foreign acquisition in the past week, when the show’s title went viral well before the season premiere. Social media users came out in force with memes, song parodies, and sharp jabs at the stodgy ol’ church, all building a brand around a show not yet released »

- Ben Travers

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