Silence Reviews

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September 19, 2017
Even at its unnecessary length, Silence is seldom boring.
February 2, 2017
While the craftsmanship is undeniable and the themes of spiritual belief, betrayal and redemption are laudable, the film feels flat and not as emotional or moving as it should be.
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January 13, 2017
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
Alternately powerful and somnolent.
January 13, 2017
For those not exulted by the inner-workings of devotion, it's a slog.
January 12, 2017
This may not be Scorsese's best film, but it's unquestionably his most impassioned.
January 7, 2017
Scorsese's abiding passion and respect for his source material are everywhere in evidence. For once, perhaps, they are a little too great.
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January 6, 2017
Scorsese has been etching his beliefs onto celluloid for almost 50 years, and their meanings remain as evanescent, as mysterious, as ever. Silence is not a film to be solved, or resolved, but pondered. It's not a parable. It's a koan.
January 6, 2017
"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
This is a long and dull costume drama that seems to think a contemporary audience can picture faith as easily as it does a cassock, cross or kimono.
January 5, 2017
The movie eventually achieves a level of powerful drama...but only after dithering for more than an hour.
January 5, 2017
What beauty. What brutality. What madness.
January 5, 2017
Silence requires a leap of faith in its own right. The film is both repetitive and thrilling; it is boring and exhilarating; it will test your patience and expand your mind. Silence is loud, in an astonishingly quiet way.
January 5, 2017
The actors are steeped in the drama and mysticism of the moment, especially Garfield's stoic Rodrigues, who emerges as the central figure and also narrator of this journey into the unknown, both the physical and metaphysical.
January 5, 2017
The film can be ponderous in its rumination and ambiguity, but few cinematic treatments of Christianity and sanctity have been as generous or as intellectually challenging as Silence.
January 5, 2017
It sure takes [Scorsese] long enough to drive [his] point home - putting the film's audience through its own kind of torture - but the morale of his story is ultimately both tough and nuanced.
January 5, 2017
Scorsese has lived with his love of this material for a long time. Maybe too long.
January 5, 2017
There is a fair amount of repetition here, and the film is too long (two hours and 41 minutes). But it is also gorgeous, stunningly so, and powerful.
January 5, 2017
As a work of craft, "Silence" is unparalleled. As a work of spirit, it aches with sincerity. As a work of art, it feels as though it hasn't fully left its maker's head.
January 5, 2017
It's a strange case, a movie about spiritual doubt that unintentionally provokes spiritual doubt. "Silence" is just ugly and drab, with not a hint of the transcendent about it.
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