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1,641 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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