Silence (2016) - Drama, History

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In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver
Length: 161 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 129 out of 403 found boring (32%)

One-line Reviews (392)

But it's hard to figure out the films own attitude regarding these sides, and this is what makes it a work of art in contrast to a work of religious or political propaganda.

For others it is a boring waste of time.

But, the main dislike for this show is the needless, constant, boring, ho hum torturing during the whole show.

It is the most boring thing I have ever watched.

This movie dragged a lot in it's second hour and was very tiring that I found myself checking the time bar when I wanted to know what is going to happen.

+You get a feel for what this world was like to live in+Fascinating themes+Brutal-Slow burn-Besides a few memorable scenes, the characters needed to be easier to connect to7.3/10

Looks great, well acted, but just SO dull to watch.

The movie is very slow.

I particularly liked the nice blend of Eastern and Western influences throughout the story, which adds to its intriguing tone.

Because the story is told through Andrew Garfield's Father Rodrigues' perspective, you'll find some of the shots from inside his prison cell, looking out, with the frame being in between the wooden bars, to be quite engrossing.


Despite the stunning, picturesque camera-work by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain, The Wolf of Wall Street), the unholy conditions of this God-created land turns back onto his people.

Screenplay written by Martin and others is gripping and keeps the viewers at the edge of their seats.

Ultimately , I found this movie utterly pointless and a waste of time.

'Silence' won't be everybody's film, the same way other ambitious films like 'The Revenant' or 'The Tree of Life' weren't, however despite my respect to Scorsese's mastery and level of detail, in my own honest opinion I believe this film fell short due to the lack of insight into it's main theme and thus instead transformed into a slow and somewhat dreary tale that arguably didn't need it's near 3-hour running time to tell its tale.

Very boring .

Silence may not be Scorsese's best film, but it is an impressive, moving, gripping and stimulating one.

The way Garpe died was very confusing and even if it is the case with the book the movie could have tidied it up a bit and chose not to.

If I am listening to a full hour of religious debate which combines ethical and moral complexities to it and I am left utterly bored and empty there is something that is worryingly wrong about the film for me.

However, where The Revenant has stunning landscapes, hauntingly beautiful music and cinematography to match, Silence has no musical score, and is quite minimalist in its directing.

On a technical level the film does have some fantastic production design, but for the rest there is something that really stands out as being remarkable, probably a reason for which the last hour becomes so overbearingly boring.

It would clarify Rodrigues' starting point and allow his journey to be more compelling.

I broke my own rule about watching religious movies, so I shouldn't have been surprised that I was bored to tears by "Silence.

It happened to me while watching the movie that when I thought the scene was "boring", too long, repeating, not spectacular .. that immediatelly made me change the focus on the whole story - you are constantly forced to think about the meaning of the religion, existence, beliefs,....

At the same time, the Japanese people that embrace the Catholicism brought by the missionaries, are actually gripping to their only glimpse of hope, merely conceiving God as a material advantage rather than a spiritual entity.

long drawn out movie.

This film had many of the same defeatist qualities as Dunkirk, feeling just as drawn out, and with just as terrible sound.

These viewers are left with a film of exquisite cinematographic beauty but with a slow and unconvincing story telling, quite surprising for a master director as Martin Scorsese is.

Long lengths are not a problem usually in films, especially when a film is continually riveting enough to justify it, neither is slow pacing when more often than not there is a reason for being so.

The acting was also superb and the way the story turned out was unexpected.

Three Hours of People Suffering in the Name of Faith .

Normally I never have a problem with long movies, but this one felt already boring after 1.5 hours.

This movie was so aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to look at.

And it delivers in the sense of showing the beauty of Japan, the culture in the 17th century and ample emotionally intense scenes and unforgettable images.


I don't know anyone who have seeing more than 30 minutes, it's the most bores and tortuous movie ever!!!

It is so boring, we couldn't even finish it.

It's nearly three hours of watching people suffer and be tortured, and there's no real light at the end of the tunnel.

The ending of the movie blends in very well with the rest of the film and I liked it but it's quite unorthodox and maybe even unexpected by Hollywood standards.

A Visually Stunning Yet Drawn Out Passion Project .

But the film deceptively lulls you into this false hope, only to smash it on a rock by plastering on needless narration, utterly robbing you of any doubt about what this film wants you to believe.

We often tend to allow it to pass, as those scenes can be entertaining and dynamic, leading to the film eventually wrapping up with some sort of quick glimpse into the character's life to come.

I solidly agree with a few of the other earlier reviewers who call it out for it's racism and religious propaganda.

It was tedious, overlong, repetitive, and, at times ridiculous (God's voice?

In this long movie, you get so bored and tired that you don't really realized that a good portion of it is narrated by a horrible evil-hypnotizing voice.

Rodrigues continues to absolve him, and yet this is the slow unraveling of an aspect of this story: do the Japanese really comprehend the religion in the same way Westerners do?

Like, always a favorite amongst believers,: the silence of god as a proof of his presence; this bullshit is so persistent and tiresome.

And put it this way, it sparked a pretty intense post movie debate about the merits of religion then and now.

The film is too long (much too long), too repetitive and too superficial in its treatment of the central issue of religious faith.

It's really confusing as to which idea or what concept this film sides with.

AMAZINGly boring .

It is in fact sad to see such a beautifully acted, photographed and directed film fall into such a terrible pit of propaganda, historical distortion and outright misrepresentation of the church, the Japanese and the truth itself.

The script is mind-numbingly banal.

Garfield is able to give us an amazingly intense and introspective performance of the young priest who begins to develop a deep crisis of faith in seeing so many Japanese Christians tortured and put to death in the face of God's seeming apathy and silence.

I didn't get bored at any time because I found the topic so fascinating but I have to admit that some scenes are somewhat redundant or repetitive.

This isn't Bela Tarr, where boredom is a currency; there is purpose and drama in every scene, and if you surrender to its perfectly paced lull then you will emerge self-reflective, and quite possibly into the most interesting post-cinema pub conversation ever.

Jesus told me He got bored and walked out halfway through his 2nd bucket of popcorn.

Even with the 161 minutes of screen time, the film did not feel long because it is captivating and engrossing.

The movie is a propaganda tool, with some entertainment values (i.

Their are some real intense topics that this movie will delve into that take time to process.

The thing is, It is completely unexpected.

He was pretentious playing poetry-scribbler, Williams wannabe working stiff Paterson from Paterson, and just silly in Silence.

Too long, too slow, too boring and it's only saving grace is Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.

It is fascinating how the world and people has developed from the surrounding religion and faith that were all mighty life through God.

I was lost for words, every word that was uttered was a further step down for the film, a real disgrace because for a good portion it was going for something an succeeding at it, then came the rest of the feature and made me sick with boredom and anger.

This monumental work from Mr. Scorsese about how the human spirituality works is a fine example of storytelling through introduction of a riveting internal dialogue within each and every viewer.

Zzzzzzzzz Will sell the blu ray as know I'll never watch again.

While the subject makes for fascinating viewing, the road traveled is filled with lengthy scenes with languishing pacing, underdeveloped characters, and an overuse of voice-over narration to explain the plot rather than show the emotional anguish.

But I feel that for its slow pacing there isn't a moment where I wasn't engrossed in what was being presented.

Painfully boring Anti-Christian propaganda .

What's really fascinating about this film is that Scorsese built the film around the theme of Silence.

The movie moves at a glacial pace and is quite long-winded and verbose: many themes and dilemmas are repeated unnecessarily.

It wasn't the worst movie, but for being such a violent movie, I thought it was absolutely boring.

The movie is a low quality propaganda with boring scenario.

Another problem I had with this movie is that it is too long and a little cold.

Costumes and sets might be accurate but feel empty because the characters are poorly presented, and I was wondering where the editor went because we could have easily removed 1/2 of the film, and we would have gotten the same amount of pertinent information.

Long and somewhat boring.

It's dragged out .

Saver your money and don't waste your time and brain cell watching this piece of garbage.

It is just boring.

" Watching paint dry is much more enthralling.

The movie is way too slow.

very boring .

Thus after an intriguing first hour, with great cinematography, and an interesting story of missionaries overcoming their needs and doubts to try to give hope to those who live wretched lives (and how much religion properly translates), and those who risk their life for their faith, we are treated to a visually and aurally unpleasant second hour.

There are many moments when we yearn for the title to have been obeyed somewhat more literally, as Garfield's voice-over threatens to detract from the stunning Taipei scenery.

However, it is still a powerful piece of cinema with phenomenal acting, and mind boggling religious actions, revelations and interpretations.

Based on the book of the same name, it is a fascinating and thought-provoking piece of cinema from the veteran director.

Breathtaking cinematography is a default attraction borne out of its exotic locale, and SILENCE doesn't disappoint from DP Rodrigo Prieto, who is landed with the film's sole Oscar nomination, luxuriant mountains, inclement weather, decrepit villages, grim shorelines, Stygian and foggy night sailing, are the visual accoutrements of the priests and their poverty-ridden believers' trials and tribulations.

However, an hour into the movie and I was ready to leave.

Although I'm sorta glad I saw it, "Silence" is curiously dull and overlong; and so I never care to see it again.

The movie is always intriguing, highly involving, and breathtakingly beautiful to watch.

Both Japanese and Christians are presented in an honest and engaging way.

Strong performances come from Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, who show themselves to be versatile and engaging actors.

On the other hand, 'Silence' is visually stunning.

Driver and Garfield really fuel the drama with some remarkably intense performance work that manages to not call attention to itself.

So, as others have said this movie should baffle even the simplest logical spectator as these priests come up with some of the stupidest courses of action and illogical, trite conversations.

Most will find this movie boring!!

The case of a few Missionaries in Japan back in the 1600's is intriguing only if we study and compare the influences of Bushido and Christianity to the Social/Political normalities of the time.

To bring all of this clearly into focus and allow for the story to reach its spiritual and historical apogee took close to three hours of masterful moviemaking.

Last but not least, I think it's tedious.

The cinematography in this film is also stunning everything from the sunny hills to the fog filled pits look nothing less than life like.

The worst movie as it shows that Christianity is better than other religion.

If you are wanting to go and watch a movie with twists and climaxes, some intense suspense thriller scenes or amazing soundtrack...

In summary this is a film that is for the most part boring, at points extremely unpleasant and oddly comical.

"The Mission" contains things like a compelling story, a great script, a fabulous film score -- and extraordinary acting!

This hour is a repetitive depiction of people being tortured and killed, while they either follow their own rituals, or follow a Japanese ritual to renounce their faith.

While the movie is long, it is mostly engaging, and although the pacing is slower, it still maintains your interest in this reflective, introspective epic.

Cinematography is stunning.

I found this movie interesting in that it shows the tribulations of Christian missionaries in Japan but it was made in a very boring way.

As a whole, the film is overlong and very boring indeed, characters given to endless introspection.

Repetitive, dragged out foreshadowing so that the only people who seemingly don't know what is going to happen next are the people in the film, and plot and character inconsistencies that you could drive a whole religion through.

Passion of Christ and Silence was a romp in blood, torture and tedious long movies by 2 struggling Catholics trying to find their way.

Just as Sergio Leone did in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) with actor Henry Fonda, Scorsese reversed the archetype, from positive to negative, from staunch to unfaithful, generating a sense of confusion in the audience, that parallels Father Rodrigues' chaotic uncertainties.

Don't waste you're money on this nonsense.

Silence nullifies you through viscerally stunning imagery and faithfully religious themes.

The dialogues were excruciatingly unnatural and painfully slow.

If you are a history buff perhaps you can suffer through this boring movie.

This is a very mature, slow-moving film with a lot of moving parts and having it direct us in a certain way of thinking felt off here.

Slow and overly dramatic .

For the plutonium bomb that the Americans dropped on 9 August 1945 wiped out a goodly number of Japanese Christians, and those who survived bore the scars of radiation.

Interesting & repetitive .

For starters this is a very slow phased movie that will take a lot of patience to sit through.

This is a very long movie by today's standards but it tells a fascinating story.

And about faith for everyone, because faith is part of our live, faith in our ideas, convictions etc. The movie is perfect, its beauty is breathtaking.

This film is painfully slow to watch and didn't hold my attention.

Fascinating 'Silence' weighs faith and doubt .

They were a culture who followed the beauty and power of nature, and some scenes in the movie, a stunning view of the moon for instance, highlighted this.

What makes this 160-minute movie quite fascinating, in addition to Martin Scorsese's direction and Rodrigo Preito's cinematography, is the array of characters.

Riddled with torture, violence and questioning your faith is all old school Scorsese (who co-wrote the script with long-time collaborator Jay Cocks decades in the making) for sure but the film is a laborious slog-fest and very tedious in repeating its message and theme over and over.

But in "Silence" the repetitive scenes are unpleasant and torturous, and ultimately become boring.

Another interesting characteristic to consider, is that Silence follows what I like to call the "Scorsese pattern": a very detailed, slow opening, that in its greatness does not necessarily drive the plot forward, focusing more on shaping the characters, and an extremely quick ending, that summarizes lengthy periods of time, often several years, in a few minutes.

The goings-on are very intense & at times, brutal.


Well acted, beautifully shot but ultimately repetitive and boring.

The performance of Issei Ogata, the brilliant directing and some of the visuals are absolutely breathtaking.

IN BRIEF: In the hands of master filmmaker, Martin Scorsese has made a beautifully crafted but preachy (and boring) historical drama.

Worth watching!

SILENCE is the second overlong and self-indulgent film I've seen from director Martin Scorsese, following on from the very poor show which was HUGO.

And, I must confess, the slow and laborious pacing of this film was a personal hell for this moviegoer.

It has a unique topic, great acting performances and an intense atmosphere.

Now onto the negatives, my biggest problem with this film is its just too long, I found myself thinking this scene is too long and could have been shorter, I also feel as though the pacing is very slow which is okay as long as the scenes are meaningful to the story but a lot of scenes of the film is our main character reliving people of their sins which is okay to show once or twice to show how the people rely on the two characters but, showing it about 10 different times throughout the film makes it at times uninteresting and a little boring.

As Silence starts its stunning third act.

Too slow and too plodded.

Its beautifully crafted, with stunning visuals and a great story.

Nothing is explained in this movie, it is like a boring docu.

If not, its of little interest and for many a waste of time.

" And in the infinite and unbearable search for religious faith, the human being ends up being, in the last analysis, a common human, with the doubts and weaknesses that we have along the way towards the clarity of the most mundane things.

Totally Engrossing .

Other forms of persecution includes burning at the stake and hanging on a cross over crashing waves, ensuring a slow and excruciating death.

The only reason I see for this movie to have less than a 10 are perhaps: a) casting of Andrew Garfield - don't get me wrong, his acting is great but hard to see him as a pious priest of 17th century given his lush head of hair and after playing Eduardo Saverin or Peter Parker b) main character personifying Japanese persecution is very cartoonish, with a high pitched voice and overall comes across as too biasedNot the only Scorcese movie that touches on religious matters (Last TEmptation of Christ and Kundun) but definitely very much worth watching 9/10

However, under the hand of a veteran director like Martin Scorsese, the story became thrilling and deeply haunting, with the setting in Japan (Shot in Taiwan) just make it more beautiful.

A fascinating and thought-provoking piece of cinema from the veteran director .

Their journey is unpredictable and the recreation of the chaos and the poverty of the time really hits home.

I grew up very Catholic, and I've come to appreciate different main types of practicing devout Catholics: 1) those who only focus on Jesus suffering for others' sin, the need to repent, the need to suffer, and yelling that everyone else is a sinner; 2) the ritualistic, who are focused on repetitive prayers, rituals, statues, and rosaries (e.

Even with Scorsese's never-steadier directorial hand lending the film a lethal calm and perennial throb of threat, two and a half fairly plodding hours with an existential Garfield tests viewer bladder capacity to the utmost.

It is tiresome and makes it difficult to get into the movie properly.

A must watch film which will be misunderstood by liberals and misused by conservatives, this is quite possibly Scorsese at his least pretentious.

Thank you for this stunning work!

Mr. Garfield is compelling as Father Sebastian.

Rodrigues just gave up his faith and I felt that he never experienced so much pain physically,psychologically and emotionally from it when he lived as a Japanese pagan and got immersed into their country's culture.

The story is very gut-wrenching and very complex, but also very slow.

Save your money and skip this failure of a film.


Tedious, Intellectually dishonest film.

Propaganda: Divorced From Context (Truth) .

The film is 2.5 hrs too long and it's pointless, there is no scope to the film nor does it develop its like watching a CCTV of a Car Park.

It's a historical lecture more than a moving examination of theological unity or human weakness, and surely a plodding series of reiterations on shaping spirituality through pain and fear.

First up it's rather plodding and disjointed movie featuring two protagonists travelling from 16th Century Europe to Japan to find a former mentor and spread the Catholic faith .

SILENCE is beautifully filmed and strangely involving for such a grim and slow-moving tale.

Masterful In Craft & Rich In Experience, But Dreary In Nature .

Overall extremely boring and pointless.

When I sent to see this film in the theatres about halfway through the man in front of me got up blocking my view and I got such a shock because I had been focused on the screen for so long because this is a film that always grips your attention and holds its through its fantastic performances, intense sequences and smooth directions.

) The dialogues, which comprise the bigger part of Silence, are boring and at times pretentious.

A film with no plot,no good actor characters,bad casting and a silence in every aspect of it.

It was slow going.

Interesting but slow and long-winded .

Scorsese explores this theme in a slow, considered manner, and it's clear that this may be the most personal film he's ever made.

I honestly thought twenty of these minutes could have been edited out because I thought it took the film way too long to move forward and get to the real meat of the story, which is the Priest and Father Ferreira having a battle of wills.

20 years in the making (apparently) and yet the most stark silence was that of the audience after the movie who clearly and with understandable deference to the Scorsese canon, were unwilling to immediately call this movie out for the self-indulgent disaster it actually is and could find few words to compensate for the searing boredom most had undoubtedly endured.

Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography is stunning.

Boring .

We also get to see the meeting between Father Rodrigues and Ferreira,who apparently has already apostatized being a Catholic and has become already a Buddhist and have immersed into becoming a Buddhist and into the Japanese culture as well.

Breathtaking masterpiece .

The slow-moving and sprawling pace of the film will be off-putting to many viewers.

Is he trying to set a record for the longest time to bore an audience?

I found the attention to small details of 17th century Japan was the only saving grace in a film where the acting, imagery and length especially were very drawn out and, to be honest, I was glad when it was all over.

Nor is the film for the quick-hearted, it would seem; in my screening of Silence, four people left after the first hour, presumably tired out by its slow, pondering pace.

The audience is thrown into this world as Andrew Garfield's Father Rodrigues and Adam Driver's Father Garrpe, both Jesuit priests tasked with unlocking the mysterious disappearance of Liam Neeson's fellow preacher Father Ferreira find themselves in the beautiful yet unforgiving lands of the Japanese and from a seemingly simple set-up Scorsese uses the narrative to explore various religious themes and debates that may leave many audience members numb mixed with boredom whilst others will be tightly enthralled by the spell cast within a film that seems intent on letting its story play out before our eyes with nothing pressing it forward at any great speed.

Slow and boring garbage .

The film is very slow moving with its storytelling.

I cant remember the last time i was this bored during a movie.

I started watching this move having been intrigued by the story and spent a long time trying to cope with the boredom.

It is a serious work of art with a Capital S (and add a Capital B for Boring).

how the hell could you perceive this as Christian propaganda?

There are no words to describe how magnificent the cinematography is and am so happy that it's warranted an Oscar nomination, and the bleak and unforgiving landscapes are very evocative of the subject matter and cruel mood.

I had two blokes behind me who scoffed any time anything remotely Christian was mentioned, who obviously had a bias against the story that was being told, and eventually walked out forty-five minutes in (and the screening was all the better without their obnoxiously loud talking as well).

I'm bored of supid christianity.

The cinematography, by Rodrigo Prieto, is stunning, is so beautiful and with so many detail to the image.

While the two priests don't offer much to the viewer, and the Japanese authority plays the same pious note, unchallenged, throughout(save for some ineffectual token rebuttal), there is one intriguing character by the name of Kichijiro, played wonderfully by Yosuke Kubozuka.

It is incredibly slow.

In my opinion, it is nothing more than mean-spirited, anti-Christian propaganda and doesn't prove anything or teach any kind of good lesson at all.

Riveting Adaption from the Award Winning Novel .

) The religious debates are shallow and bland.

Francis Ford Coppola did a stunning job in the earlier movie.

Everything was perfect with this movie,the story was amazing,every scene was intense,the music and the sounds fit perfect with the atmosphere and the tone of the movie and the cast of this movie was beyond great,Andrew Garfield,Liam Nelson and Adam Driver played very good their roles and all three of them are amazing actors.

That seems an apt label, since the exercise of watching "Silence" resembled to me the ponderous study of a painting in a museum.

Rodrigues and Garupe are guided by alcoholic fisherman Kichijiro (Yôsuke Kubozuka), who fled Japan to save himself, they arrive amidst the bloodshed of the anti-Christian purges, witnessing the unbearable burden of a different belief in a land founded on tradition.

His performance carries the movie even during boring parts.

The film can also be boring, seeing Rodrigues being taunted and he rejects the idea of giving up his faith which can go on for almost an hour.

I read the original book "Silence" when I was in high school, and unfortunately the literary version is superior to the film: the ponderous and bleak story of "Silence" is better fit for a novel than cinema.

Is society that bored and have that much time to waste on non-entertainment?

The film was long and boring, watching people step on a silver plaque bearing the likeness of Jesus or not.

As boring as it eventually was, maybe you shouldn't have made it.

The older priests were given rounder features to show a calmer individual, slower and patient.

This film seems to have been made as a propaganda piece for the Catholic church, exploring the historical plight of Jesuit missionaries in Japan in the 17th century.

Instead Scorcese chooses to do a propaganda piece - glorifying brave, noble missionaries against the cruel Japanese government.

I can also understand why so many folks feel the movie is boring and too long even if to me it was neither boring nor too long.


I've seen better movies by your ideas and direction but gosh this is just beyond boring.

Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography is simply stunning.

Still, it's Yōsuke Kubozuka as the Gollum-like Kichijiro, Scorsese's most recent Judas surrogate, who delivers the most fascinating emotional arc.

Stunning and draining at the same time .

I watched it in one sitting and found it totally engrossing.

I think it is fair to say that it is quite long.

A poster-boy film for boring Oscar-chaser films .

Its slow pace of two and half hours does feel like a very long time and some boring moments.

Its well directed, acted and examines a fascinating period in human history where religion was the mainstay, that held the fabric of society together.

While there are moments of pure brilliance that surface every now n then, the vast amount of nothingness in between turns the whole journey into one hell of a bore.

I wasted one night and 3 hours of my precious time watching this boring movie!!

By that I mean, you'll need some serious stamina to get through the movie, it's extremely long and at times can be very boring.

i was about 45 minutes into this film hoping for something to happen, but if i can help anybody by saving 2h45 of there life then please don't waste your time watching it,I wanted to watch it as i like Liam Neeson .

Cinematografic POV: The film is quite long so there are scenes that are "little boring" or repeating.

Pointless .

Many have called the movie overlong and boring.

Some parts feel a little repetitive too, especially after the two leads split up.

The final minutes are fairly predictable and the method of telling the story at this point felt odd.

In Silence it was Intro,char development, then about 40 minutes of more char development that was repetitive to the point you loose interest and become desensitized.

An uncharacteristically uninspiring, self- indulgent piece of cinema from Scorsese.

I had read that it was long and deliberately slow.

Andrew Garfield is mind blowing as Rodrigues.

Literally fuming at wasting three hours of my life, not to mention the money for a ticket, on something that is CLEARLY a Christian Propaganda film.

Dark,dreary,boring,slow,did i say dreary.

Anyone interested in this movie would do well to read James Clavell's "Shogun", another engrossing novel set in Japan and encompassing the same time period.

With a glaringly slow pace, by the end of the film you are so drained with the experience of these two priests that it's hard to want to spend any more time thinking about the story at hand.

In summary, riveting film, one to experience and live with without ever forgetting, with a slightly shorter length and a little trimming it would have been a masterwork.

Just downright beautifully shot, excellent direction and beautiful cinematography and very compelling.

Watching it at 2x its still slow.

For being such a long movie about a seemingly a bit dull topic these days, it moves very well.

In itself the movie it's okay I just did not like the bias pro catholic of this one, cheap propaganda

Repetitive, and a total waste of time.

For some audiences, the movie could be repeating the points too much and it can be a slow beginning.

I also feel people who aren't a part of a faith or really familiar with it might not enjoy some of the religious rituals depicted early on, honestly I'm religious and found a lot of those parts boring.

The film does feature some very intense scenes of torture and violence.

It has taken over as the worst movie I have personally seen....

It felt like a jackhammer kept going and going, keeping us from engaging, from developing any sort of rhythm and connection to the material.

Boring .

Which brings me to my biggest problem, with the exceptions listed above, I have never left a Scorsese feature with something to take with me, I've never had a payoff, his films have generally left me cold and empty, his thematic explorations have often frustrated me and given me not much to appreciate.

This is the worst movie I have ever seen.

Tedious, repetitious .

I would not recommend seeing this in theaters because you need the freedom of pausing the film and walking away from it for a few hours because it is extremely boring, especially during the first 60 minutes.

In fact, he and his regular editor Thelma Schoonmaker (Goodfellas, Raging Bull) step back from his widely celebrated abrupt edit patterns, and instead keeps the pace as slow as possible to honor whomever suffered so much under God's supervision.

I found it rather intriguing that the Japanese in general viewed these believers with some level of--suspicion?

But boring .

Christian PROPAGANDA!!.

It is highly interesting that one actor can be involved in one confusing and poorly executed movie, and at the same time and year be involved in a great one and also Academy Award nominee, "Hacksaw Ridge".

Then what should be a 3-5 minute final scene instead becomes 20-30 minutes long, with a new narrator, and some pointless long shots that make you wonder if Thelma Schoonmaker gave up and walked out of the editing room.

What dialogue there is in the film is quite engaging, raising questions about the nature of faith and God that will stay with the audience for some time after finishing the film.

Where the film falls down is in the dull and long-winded script.

In "Silence" the master filmmaker crafts a nearly three hour time-piece epic that is difficult to sit through because of its slow pace and boring nature.

Scorsese tends to make those falls be extra-long, with repetitive scenes.

While the rest falls in the slow moving story of a historical drama that hasn't been told before.

The cinematography is stunning which was noticed by the Academy by a nomination on best cinematography-category.

Personally, I found Silence fascinating and intelligent, while being culturally relevant and full of valuable ideas.

Interesting historical narrative/ a bit repetitive .

Yes, I said it; this film is outright boring.

Martin Scorsese's Herculean effort to adapt Shusaku Endo's novel about Christianity under fire during the 17th century in Japan where Jesuits find themselves persecuted for their imposing their religious beliefs on the populace involving a pair of young priests (Garfield and Driver) to journey into the darkness to find a mentor (Neeson) and instead become immersed in the hell on Earth enforced.

This is a very slow burn film, which takes its time going places.

In all those cases the ideal reached turns out to be an empty goal, a false target.

The pace is rather slow and the depiction of torture quite disturbing.

It moves along at a slow pace & the long run-time doesn't help either.

And with an inspiring screenplay by co-written by Jay Cooks, stunning cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (who's collaborated with Martin Scorcese for a second time following 'The Wolf of Wall Street') to capture the overwhelming atmosphere, and an overall enchanting direction; Scorcese paints an emotionally (and visually) arresting picture on two Catholic's priests' journey to spread of God while fighting against the mass persecution in a world where religion is outlawed and flushed from society.

Nearly 3 hours of nothing happening .

But it's still stunning, emotional, and will make you question who you are and what you believe.


God's true challenge: will you walk out or bore to death.

This is a cinematic therapy session, a philosophical 15 rounder and languid, art-house fare that few will love.

Suspected Christians are regularly dragged from their homes and forced to publicly denounce their God by stepping foot on the image of Jesus.

This is solid drama material, but Scorsese fails to make a satisfying film of it: large sections are boring and repetitive as the two young priests, admirably played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, beat themselves up endlessly about how horrible it all is (and, to be fair, they are right) and how God isn't listening to them.

It serves absolutely no good purpose at all and, after three hours of misery, leaves you feeling like going out and having a few stiff drinks to get the bad taste out of your mouth.

Watch it purely to see for yourself how reality can be twisted to create Christian propaganda so that we may settle into blissful forgetfulness and forget the suffering that this religion has caused in Japan and across the globe.

Expensive Anti-Christian Propaganda .

Despite the length and the fact that it feels a little slow at points Silence is a genius religious film, with stunning imagery that's gorgeous, strong with a hard hitting story that's utterly compelling.

It's more than 2,5 hours of sheer boredom during which 3 out of 10 people walked out of the cinema and left us often wondering whether we were watching a really boring movie - or a comedy / self-parody.

Other than that, this movie is one inevitable, ghastly, slow slide to apostasy.

And I don't know what kind of cinema magic Scorsese put in here, but he has managed to do an almost undoable job: make the film clearly speak to you between the lines, conveying the most complex and confusing and even intimidating topics and concepts without saying much out loud.

The movie is mostly slow-moving and long, but the length is understandable and appropriate for the depiction of such intense historical events.

Excruciatingly boring .

That being said, there are some pretty psychologically intense scenes in this film, and those scenes are at least worth watching...

If you have insomnia then watch this.

There are many beautiful calm scenes where you can relax and admire the stunning sets and locations.

Insomnia is a bitch?

It's nearly three hours of watching people suffer.

Silence is dull, and lacks vision.

The Japanese cast, by comparison, is more fascinating.

Yes the first 100 minutes, maybe 2 hours even, may be really slow and there is not that much happening that really stays in the mind for the wow effect, it is still an extremely convincing character study about Andrew Garfield's character.

Marty if you're reading this every true fan of cinema has total faith in you and we want to see you come out compelling films with existentialism mixed with redemption that even cynical hardcore atheists will enjoy .

I'll admit that the trailer sold me that this could be a great movie and I was convinced this movie could be at least half as entertaining and mesmerizing as The Mission (1986), but I am so proud of having walked out of that movie.

Some praise it, some say its one of the most boring movies they ever stumbled upon that only religious people will enjoy.

The first technical resource that jumps the eye is the photograph of the film, it is beautiful, it seems alive, it gives hope and at the same time it passes frustration, always illuminating and enriching the details of other sets that are very well too, like the Art direction, make-up and costumes, it's no wonder that photography was the only thing remembered for "silence" in Oscar, the film also has great mixing and sound editing, and an assembly that helps the script to leave a movie Long look short and do not annoy the viewer, even if it sometimes gets repetitive.

The result is a good, but too long and tiresome film.

A directing from a technical point of view that is simply perfect, with intelligent camera angles and movements and extremely functional long shots, but what is missing is a greater thrust on emotions and feelings that are represented but that can not pierce the screen, probably also because of the script, obviously pretentious and introspective (positive aspects for this type of film), but that fails to excite as much as a story like this could have done, perhaps even for some slightly predictable steps and some redundancies avoidable.

"Silence" holds up as a moving exploration of religion and belief, but it suffers from tortuously slow pacing and a drawn out third act that fails as pay off for two hours of build-up.

There were two or three scenes where I was on the verge of getting bored.

The script by Jay Cocks & Scorsese is engaging & has flawlessly adapted Shusaku Endo's source material for the big screen.

I have no particularly sympathy for Christian missionaries (Japanese persecution is perhaps no different or worse than what the Inquisition did in Europe) but the way Scorcese depicts the struggle those priests face, between spreading the faith and putting their followers in danger, is absolutely gripping.

Three hours of Japanese villagers denouncing Christ by standing on a plate with his face on it.

For the first time ever, I was bored by a Scorsese film.

The plot moves in a leisurely pace that is enough to drive impatient viewers into utter boredom.

It's getting tiresome to hear, and this narrator also has a pompous language that makes it a little exciting.

Trite is the one word that comes to mind.

Beyond the quality of the filmmaking and the educational value of the movie, when it comes to singing its praises as an entertaining experience, all you'll hear from me is silence.

But I find it boring.

It is lifeless and uninteresting.

His character has to deal with an intense crisis of faith, and it has to feel real or the film simply wouldn't work.

Too Self-Indulgent & Obvious .

Andrew Garfields performance, and those of the humble 'peasants', the odd, comical character of the inquisitor, the scenery, and of course the amazing story of these priests and their followers are worth watching this film for.

If you however cherish compelling cinematography, feel free to give it a try, as the Oscar bid for that category (its only one) seems well-deserved.

Snooze Fest .

Scorsese, while dragging audiences to follow along into his slow film, is a well-done testament to faith.

An ambitious & personal project that has been a long time coming, Silence finally makes its long overdue transition to the film canvas after being stuck in development hell for over 25 years and is a silent contemplation of faith & ideology that's skilfully layered with religious themes and crafted with perseverance, but the end result is still something that's overlong, tedious & frustrating to sit through.

It's not quite the "priestsploitation" nonsense that it could have been, but it's nevertheless redundant, light on engaging drama, heavy on physical and psychological trials, and sparse on monumental ideas.

The movie was drawn out definitely by the end, and I really didn't feel any emotion by the end.

In addition, the length of the film is unbearable.

The attention to the costumes, language, land and Japanese culture was wonderful but the tedious length of the movie and 2hrs 40minutes of torture and philosophical mumbo jumbo is too much.

Some may find Silence's agonised self-flagellation far too ponderous and tortured.

Boring, could not wait for it to end .

Silence is perhaps similar to Inarritu's The Revenant from last year, in its slow pacing and acute intimacy with a tortured, struggling protagonist.

Basically an exciting story, a great director and talented actors.

But, combined with his Oscar-nominated performance in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge earlier this year, Garfield has cemented himself as a compelling leading man, and has finally rid himself of Sony's Amazing Spider-Man stigma.

Silence has its raw unease moments with Martin Scorsese's direction and also very slow moving.

Bored me and I found myself easily distracted.

His depiction of 17th century Japan is absolutely stunning, and the story is easy to follow despite the clashing of languages.

An Interesting but Drawn Out and One-sided Film .

Wondering how any narrator can have such a bland, monotonous voice and at the same time getting irritated by how slowly paced and uninteresting the movie was.

Boring, endless.

The lack of musical score is jarring making the "silence" way too overbearing and boring.

This movie could have been a great one but it wasn't, it was a complete waste of time.

Does this now mean it's long and boring?

The ending "reveal" was especially pointless telling us something we didn't need to be told and would have been better if the film let us doubt a bit.

At over two and a half, nearly three, hours, 'Silence' is a little overlong and the slow pace may be a challenge for some.

A genuine waste of my time.

Overly Self-Righteous & Dull .

Aesthetically, it's breathtaking.

Beyond the history, which I find fascinating, I look for worldview and inspiration.

Slow to start slow to finish.

Especially during a time when Christianity was banned in Japan, this voyage is a fascinating trial of faith and reserving what you believe in, even if it means torture or death.

This was a stunning movie and I am sure there is not another film from 2016 that comes near it in terms of depth.

Silence, Martin Scorsese's latest film, has an immensely slow pace, taking its time with each scene and each shot, almost giving its audience the time to think and ponder, before moving on.

Three hours of relentless torture, persecution, despair, poverty, brutality, murder, betrayal, and then more of the same, was just too much, and Scorsese really should have made a 60 minute documentary rather than a movie.

The movie is much too long, highly repetitious, and sometimes just plain boring.

Positives were an insight into Japanese religious culture at the time but other than a complete anti-climatic, repetitive and down-right exhausting three hours of cinema.

If three hours of Silence was not brutal enough the coming attractions don't augur well for the future.

This plot, seemingly 90-minute-worthy, is dragged out by Scorsese to the point that the film becomes repetitive.

Would there even be a Christian faith if everybody just committed apostasy and bore Christ only within without any external sings?

At 2 hrs 40 it is also a bit too long, but ultimately it is a moving experience and an intense and complex work that should keep you thinking long after the credits roll .

Well, it can be copied, but you get a boring, ridiculous mess like "Silence".

Most people will find this movie incessantly boring.

Thanks to a cinematography that is able to cleverly exploit the light and colors that enhance the fascinating and evocative scenographies that are the background to a story that otherwise could have been uninteresting.

If anything, this is the worst movie to try and build a natural and/or spiritual understanding of the religion simply because answers are very vague and are completely left up to interpretation.

The premise for the movie is simple but at the same time is intriguing and interesting; two Jesuit priests go to Japan (in the 17th century) to look for their mentor, who has been lost during the persecution to the Christians.

Martin freely admits it was a self-indulgent venture and for all the other great works he has done he deserves it.

The best part of the entire film is Issei Ogata, who delivers such a strange and intimidating performance that it's incredibly engaging.

a lengthy and stunning journey into the power of religious belief .

I have a feeling this won't be as successful as Scorsese's other films, mostly because its quite lengthy and slowly paced.

If it's whole idea was to criticise the Church, then at least this film hardly holds the right to point fingers at Church/Christianity/faith because it's exactly as confusing and impractical as it portrays faith to be.

waste of time.

But too bad that the film fell short in doing so as many scenes became boring and redundant particularly Father Garupe's indecision whether to give up his Christian faith or not.

It's amazingly captured, perfectly woven into a delicate fashion, but into a very long and drawn out story that can be quite mind numbing for some.

Adapting Shûsaku Endô renowned novel of the same name, Scorsese and his impressive behind the scenes team including regular editor Thelma Schoonmaker, costume designer Ellen Lewis and some stunning and well deserved Oscar nominated D.

Watching this movie was extremely boring and really apathetic for me.

The use of sound effects is really evocative in creating moods and guiding the narrative without the use of too much actual music.

In this work, as I experience it, the empty ideal is the Christian faith, one that, the film makes clear in the most visceral of ways, has claimed many victims, in the service of both "proving and disproving" its dogma.

Scorsese's worst movie.

For many reviewers I've read (and my wife's view) it's just plain boring.

One fleeting sequence, where Scorsese's surrogate Pontius Pilate, the Japanese anti-Christian inquisitor (Issey Ogata, whose flamboyant preening is perfectly malevolent and curiously funny) rebuts why he avidly resists the encroaching Christianity in his land, is one of the film's most fascinating moments, temporarily playing the film more as debate and less as diatribe.

The cinematography is stunning, with the various miasmas,(mists from the mountains/ haar from the sea/vapours from the hot springs), mimicking the fog of doubt enfolding father Rodrigues.

Good, but Too Long and Tiresome Film .

So the movie is basically a two hour plus illustration of the utter waste of human life and suffering over the course of history all in the name of religion and fictional tales of yore.

Scorsese smothers his film with unnecessary, repetitive narration.

The lack of emotional manipulation is stunning, almost unsettling.

Scorsese has taken a subject matter that is fascinating and powerful set in an era of Japanese history that is so far removed from Western ideology that only a master film maker could achieve telling it with greatness.

Luckily, the slow moving and generally uneventful, but well directed first hour does end, and the small developments made in that time frame do ultimately pay off for the rest of the film, which I found much more engaging and thought provoking.