Ryan Conde’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am literally speechless right now. Never did I think that a movie like this would keep me this invested but it did. I was so worried watching this thinking that I would be bored and that I might actually fall asleep but within 10 minutes my eyes were glued to the screen. Silence is just a masterpiece in every sense of the word. While it isn't Martin Scorsese's best film in my opinion I still would put it up there as one of his best films. I don't have any issues with the film at all. I loved pretty much everything about this film. The story had me invested the whole way through, the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous, the musical score is great, the direction is phenomenal, the editing is brilliant, the pacing is incredibly slow but appropriate for this film, and not once was I ever bored because of how invested I was in both the story and the characters we follow, there are many disturbing, brutal, and shocking moments that literally had my jaw-dropped, the dialogue and screenplay are both amazing, the production and set design is fantastic and it totally feels you went back in time about 450 years, there are many sad and heartbreaking moments, the themes are thought-provoking and challenging, and the performances are perfect from everyone. Literally, every person in this film is fucking amazing but the person that really shocked me how good he was here was Andrew Garfield. Remember in my tick, tick...BOOM! review where I said that Garfield in that movie gave probably his best performance of his entire career? Now I think I might have to say that his performance in Silence is the best of his whole career. He was already amazing in tick, tick...BOOM! but in this movie, he really had to go to some dark places to get this type of performance and he did it phenomenally. I'll just say that he is fucking amazing in this movie as with all of the other actors in this film. Overall, Silence is a movie that you need to be experience at least once in your life. It is not even close to a pleasant film but this movie is so good that you need to see it despite it not being close to pleasant. It will constantly keep you on the edge of your seat and you will never feel comfortable while watching it but it's done in such an amazing way that I didn't care that I was feeling uncomfortable for close to three hours. Even if your not a religious person this is still a movie that you will love. It's not the type of movie I thought that Martin Scorsese would make but it only proves that he can venture off into making other types of movies other than the ones that we usually associate with his name. Absolutely watch this movie as soon as you can as it deserves all the attention and love that it can get. Now if you excuse me I'm going to go and be glad at the fact that despite how shitty modern times can be that at least it is nowhere near as awful as 17th century Japan. Seriously I don't think I would survive for one second in that hellhole of a place. I'm sure that Japan in 2021 is a completely fine place to live in but if 17th century Japan is like how it was in this movie there is only three words to say if I were asked to go back to that time period. Fuck that shit!