Early Reactions To Martin Scorsese’s Silence Praise “Beautiful” And “Deeply Spiritual” Experience

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Looks like Adam Driver’s sacrifice – and indeed that of the film’s core cast and crew – has not been in vain. The first wave of reactions are beginning to pour online for Martin Scorsese’s religious opus, Silence, with some claiming that the director’s latest could well be one of his best.

As collated by The Film Stage, these review snippets began to surface after Silence screened for a handful of critics across New York and Los Angeles. They weren’t the only ones to get an early peek at Scorsese’s long-awaited passion project either, as the director himself visited the Vatican earlier in the week to present Silence to Pope Francis and hundreds of priests and cardinals. No word on how the movie fared there, but thanks to the power of Twitter, we do have an overly positive sample of the critical consensus to peruse.

It’s been a long time coming, too, but at least based on these glowing reports, Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s novel epic was certainly worth the wait. That being said, there are a few criticisms peppered across the Tweets.

Expect Silence to grace select theaters on December 23, before expanding nationwide in January. If you’re still pining for more content, Paramount has published samples from the film’s haunting score, which you can find through here.