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1,396 Ratings



Directed by Martin Scorsese
United States, Taiwan, 2016
Drama, History


In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

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Silence Directed by Martin Scorsese

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Achievement in Cinematography

Village Voice Film Poll

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Director

American Film Institute Awards

2017 | Winner: Movie of the Year

Martin Scorsese’s best film in 20 years—since Kundun, in fact, which also happens to be the last of his films to focus primarily on matters spiritual… The moment of Rodrigues’ apostasy is, simply put, one of the most extraordinary sequences Scorsese has ever created—a moment of such superlative filmmaking skill, emotional power, and richly complex meaning that it left at least this viewer overwhelmed. (And this viewer, it should be noted, is rarely one to be overwhelmed.)
March 24, 2017
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Martin Scorsese’s beautiful new movie, Silence, based on Endō Shūsaku’s novel, begins and ends in the same way: a dark screen filled with the noise of summer on the rural coast of southwestern Japan, cicadas rasping, waves crashing, thunderclaps exploding, and rain lashing the rocks.
January 31, 2017
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The multitude of political, moral, and psychological failures is both a strength of this film and its weakness. On the one hand, Silence manages to isolate and meditate on a particularly Catholic kind of spirituality governed by helplessly perpetuated cycles of guilt and confession. A Catholic himself, Scorsese sets out to demonstrate the appeal of this form of spirituality, even as he occasionally allows us to see its inadvertent absurdity.
January 29, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Silence

    High-time we called out Scorsese for what he is: a con artist. A phony, intelectual dishonest thief with zero integrity. Guy does a XVIIth century film with PORTUGUESE priests who speak E n g l i s h?! WTF? When the Japanese villagers accurately use actual Portuguese words such as 'deus' and 'paraíso', both Garupe & Rodrigues arrogantly say 'paradise' (it's PA-RA-Í-SO btw).The masses are performed in Latin?*Facepalm*

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Silence

    Though the second half is talkative & restrained compared to the powerful, visceral nature of the first, this is still feels like a late masterpiece for Scorsese. The question of how to maintain faith in a faithless world is pertinent, more so if you replace "faith" as a question with other characteristics, such as integrity or identity. A worthy companion-piece to the similarly-minded Last Temptation & Kundun.

  • Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Silence

    I prefer Birth of a nation for nobilty, yet Silence rings with a senseless poetry such a title cannot not maintain and always spoils itself close to sufficiently when exploiting one whole religion(perhaps two)...

  • Mugino's rating of the film Silence

    Praise is warranted for Garfield and Driver, at the very least for their physically and mentally taxing performances. But the cartoon villainy of Inoue, regardless of the cutting dialogue, underscores a limited, Western-centric view on Japan's isolationist policy. Ferreira skirts the sociolinguistic problems of religious conversion, which should also have been pressed harder in this exploration of faith.

  • Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Silence

    Scorsese's most spiritual film--a more mature and serious Scorsese than the absurd DiCaprio collaborations (The Departed and Wolf of Wall St. are his most overblown and worst movies.) There are moments in this story which are moving, however, the entire experience leans too heavily on austerity and theological debates. Mean Streets is still Martin's best because it embraces both the sacred and the sordid.

  • João Rocha's rating of the film Silence

    Maybe this one is excessively big, but i guess that is just perfect to retract the despar of the jesuist priest. A powerful powerful story, even for a non religious person, and a technique masterpiece from the cinematography to the sounds (or the absence of them)

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Silence

    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.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Silence

    En su tercer aventura religiosa, Scorsese se mantiene (como de costumbre) alejado de las convenciones del cine norteamericano promedio con esta brillante meditación sobre la intolerancia religiosa, la integridad humana y la Fé, la cuál (como suele suceder con cualquier película de contenido inteligente) no gozó del aprecio del público gringo y resultó un estrépitoso fracaso durante su corrida comercial en aquel país

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