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Silence (2017)



Critic Consensus: Silence ends Martin Scorsese's decades-long creative quest with a thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director's finest works.

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Martin Scorsese's SILENCE tells the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. The celebrated director's 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel to life will be in theaters this Christmas.

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Liam Neeson
as Father Ferreira
Adam Driver
as Father Francisco Garupe
Andrew Garfield
as Father Rodrigues
Issei Ogata
as Inquisitor Inoue, Old Samurai
Tadanobu Asano
as Interpreter
Yoshi Oida
as Ichizo
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Critic Reviews for Silence

All Critics (220) | Top Critics (43)

Scorsese doesn't glorify martyrdom, and he doesn't even hate the killers. He makes death as blunt and dull and useless as a snapped pencil. The point is that there is no point.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Alternately powerful and somnolent.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

For those not exulted by the inner-workings of devotion, it's a slog.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

This may not be Scorsese's best film, but it's unquestionably his most impassioned.

January 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great.

January 7, 2017 | Full Review…

"Silence" feels like a career summation for a filmmaker who has spent his life exploring his faith through his work. Here is a movie about the importance of religion that will move you, regardless of whichever God you worship - or don't.

January 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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It begins heavy-handed and moves only gradually towards greatness, raising intelligent questions about the merits and virtue of faith when one follows a silent deity that prompts men into arrogance and blind devotion despite all the suffering that this may cause to others.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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For a non religious person such as myself, to be intellectually and morally challenged by the hardships of jesuit missionaries in the backdrop of a repressive XVII century Japan is a testament of the braveness and high standard of storytelling the now septuagenarian Martin Scorsese is known for. An equally enticing and terrifying vision of two incongruous ideologies clashing.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


A priest in 17th century Japan has his faith tested by anti-Christian government officials. Interesting for the devout. Not so much for anyone else.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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