Silence

Silence

Silence

Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Tadanobu Asano (Thor) star in Martin Scorsese's historical drama, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô. The story follows two Jesuit Portuguese Catholic priests who, travelling in 17th century Japan to spread the teachings of Christianity, face violent persecution.

Scorsese has been developing this project since the early '90s and through the years, the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro have been attached to star.

2016Rating: R16, Violence & cruelty161 minsUSA
DramaHistoricalFestival & Independent
Director:
Martin Scorsese ('Wolf of Wall Street', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed', 'Shutter Island', 'Taxi Driver')
Writer:
Jay Cocks
Cast:
Adam DriverLiam NeesonAndrew GarfieldCiarán HindsTadanobu AsanoShin'ya TsukamotoNana KomatsuRyô Kase
93%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A taxing film that will not only hold up to multiple viewings, but practically demands them.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Scorsese blends his twin religions of Catholicism and cinema to considerable effect.

4.0
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Time Out

Time Out

press

Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters. It's a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's a crushing lack of urgency to this story and its telling, perhaps because it took Mr. Scorsese, who wrote the script with Jay Cocks, so long to make "Silence."

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With ambition and reach, and often a real dramatic grandeur, Scorsese's film has addressed the imperial crisis of Christian evangelists with stamina, seriousness and a gusto comparable to David Lean's.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This anguished, contemplative new movie, which [Scorsese] spent nearly three decades coaxing into celluloid reality, carries the weight of a career summation.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...of his [Scorsese's] explicitly religious dramas, specifically including Kundun and The Last Temptation of Christ, this is, by a considerable distance, the most eloquent and coherent.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It's rather less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are magnificent.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Less showy than The Last Temptation Of Christ, more gripping than Kundun, the third part of Scorsese's unofficial 'religious' trilogy is beautifully made, staggeringly ambitious and utterly compelling.

4.0
0

For a two and a half hour epic, Silence has a sustained watchable quality about it mostly due to the relentless conflict and oppression portrayed on screen. It never bores or slows to a crawl. Every shot is artful and the setting of a 1600's Japan, protective of its culture's preservation, radiates a harshness that makes for engaging viewing. Andrew...

5.0
0

A Scorsese film cannot be taken lightly. This film tells the story of two very earnest young Jesuit priests in search of their former teacher and mentor who is said to have apostatized during intense persecution of Christians in Japan during the 17th century. As a portrayal of the inner workings of the mind and spirit under extreme provocation it is...

5.0
0

The history of humanity is also the story of violence between conflicting belief systems. The worst of it has always existed along the thin dividing lines that separate the religions of the world. These are perhaps the biggest themes that film can portray, overarching the primal emotions of love, hate, and fear. This is the grand stage on which Martin...

4.0
0

Martin Scorsese is probably my favourite director. I've loved a lot of his films, but Silence was a real disappointment. I appreciate the craftsmanship, it's a beautiful looking film. The cinematography is amazing. But this was about as exciting as watching paint dry. It's 161 minutes long and extremely slow paced and repetitive. There's a scene where...

2.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A taxing film that will not only hold up to multiple viewings, but practically demands them.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Scorsese blends his twin religions of Catholicism and cinema to considerable effect.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Scorsese has hit the rare heights of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Theodor Dreyer, artists who found in religion a battleground that often left the strongest in tatters. It's a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

There's a crushing lack of urgency to this story and its telling, perhaps because it took Mr. Scorsese, who wrote the script with Jay Cocks, so long to make "Silence."

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

With ambition and reach, and often a real dramatic grandeur, Scorsese's film has addressed the imperial crisis of Christian evangelists with stamina, seriousness and a gusto comparable to David Lean's.

4.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

This anguished, contemplative new movie, which [Scorsese] spent nearly three decades coaxing into celluloid reality, carries the weight of a career summation.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

...of his [Scorsese's] explicitly religious dramas, specifically including Kundun and The Last Temptation of Christ, this is, by a considerable distance, the most eloquent and coherent.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It's rather less than the sum of its parts, but some of those parts are magnificent.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Less showy than The Last Temptation Of Christ, more gripping than Kundun, the third part of Scorsese's unofficial 'religious' trilogy is beautifully made, staggeringly ambitious and utterly compelling.

4.0
0

For a two and a half hour epic, Silence has a sustained watchable quality about it mostly due to the relentless conflict and oppression portrayed on screen. It never bores or slows to a crawl. Every shot is artful and the setting of a 1600's Japan, protective of its culture's preservation, radiates a harshness that makes for engaging viewing. Andrew...

5.0
0

A Scorsese film cannot be taken lightly. This film tells the story of two very earnest young Jesuit priests in search of their former teacher and mentor who is said to have apostatized during intense persecution of Christians in Japan during the 17th century. As a portrayal of the inner workings of the mind and spirit under extreme provocation it is...

5.0
0

The history of humanity is also the story of violence between conflicting belief systems. The worst of it has always existed along the thin dividing lines that separate the religions of the world. These are perhaps the biggest themes that film can portray, overarching the primal emotions of love, hate, and fear. This is the grand stage on which Martin...

4.0
0

Martin Scorsese is probably my favourite director. I've loved a lot of his films, but Silence was a real disappointment. I appreciate the craftsmanship, it's a beautiful looking film. The cinematography is amazing. But this was about as exciting as watching paint dry. It's 161 minutes long and extremely slow paced and repetitive. There's a scene where...

2.0
0