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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, compromised and ruined. It's a movie desperately needed at a moment when bluster must yield to self-reflection.
Silence is a slowly unfolding, deeply thoughtful film about questioning yourself. About questioning authority. About taking stock of where you've failed as a human being, and wondering how you can make amends - to yourself, to others, and to God.
It's a film full of tight close-ups of hands accepting gifts that comfort, inspire and bring succour to their recipients' souls. That's how we should receive it.
Silence, more successfully than not, artfully addresses the core issue of its maker's lifelong religious struggle.
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.
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.
Uneven, sometimes repetitive but also powerfully moving and thought-provoking, Silence is an imperfect movie that's very hard to shake.
A slow-burn tale filled with beautiful imagery and understated performances, its elegance yields one of Scorsese's most subtle efforts.
It's an invitingly austere movie, designed for both searching believers and curious others. The film can be cinematically rigorous, but it's never ritualistically flashy.
Though undeniably gorgeous, it is punishingly long, frequently boring, and woefully unengaging at some of its most critical moments.... Still, viewed through the narrow prism of films about faith, Silence is a remarkable achievement.

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