All that said, I’m not sure how to grade Silence, and this is a case where a number grade feels too simple a rating. It’s not a question of good or bad – SILENCE is a good film. Is it an entertaining one? Probably not. The Mission is a more traditionally entertaining exploration of a similar crisis of faith, and Scorsese’s own The Last Temptation of Christ is far more stirring. Rather than aim for the heart, Silence aims for the head. Still, a part of me wishes Scorsese had made this an easier film to take in, and it’s one of the few ones from his canon that I won’t be in a rush to see again. It’s the type of film one submits to rather than watches, but if there’s any living filmmaker I’d submit to, it’s Scorsese.