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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Critic Reviews for Silence
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.
For those not exulted by the inner-workings of devotion, it's a slog.
This may not be Scorsese's best film, but it's unquestionably his most impassioned.
Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great.
"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.
Audience Reviews for Silence
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.
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.
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.
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