Silence, Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project, adapts Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name about Jesuit missionaries in Japan. Of course, while the film’s stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver might’ve gotten really good at the whole vow of silence thing, film critics are vocationally incapable of such restraint. And so, the first round of critics to finally see the drama — it only took 27 years and some change from when Scorsese first started working on it — are already responding to the film with, yes, rapturous acclaim. And thank, well, God for the critics, because those Jesuits priests who saw Silence at the Vatican have been awfully withholding of the hot takes. Read on for some early stoking of the Silence flames.