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In Bruges (2008)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 160
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 29

Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 13

Featuring witty dialogue and deft performances, In Bruges is an effective mix of dark comedy and crime thriller elements.



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Bruges (pronounced "broozh"), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But, for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination. A difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the


Drama, Comedy

Martin McDonagh

Jun 24, 2008


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It plays really engagingly, with the leads doing a wonderful Mutt and Jeff act and the camera lingering lovingly over scenery that looks awfully pretty in the moments before it gets spattered with blood.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Its mock-artistic thriller trappings notwithstanding, 'In Bruges' is basically a funny, tragicomic two-hander, with the casting of Farrell alongside Gleeson enabling a pleasing Irish inflection.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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This dark comedy shifts effortlessly between silly and sobering, and it finally gives Colin Farrell the chance to be as funny as we've long suspected he could be.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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It's hard to mix dark wit with real tragedy, but that's what writer-director Martin McDonagh pulls off with In Bruges, a wonderfully realized examination of unintended and deadly consequences.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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'After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames' -- so begins In Bruges, an insanely clever thug's tale so rife with obscenity that those 11 words form one of the longest complete sentences that can be repeated safely here.

February 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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One of this holiday season's most pleasant dark-horse dramadies.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Moonlighting playwright Martin McDonagh yanks a trapdoor on his gallows humor - jerking from wry cringe comedy to a surreal congregation of blind skinheads, fat Americans and high midgets before a violent, solemn climactic parable about purgatory.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source:

No chit-chat passes by without an ornate bit of would-be profane drollery

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (2)

In Bruges, with its blunt, black wit running up against its moral fiber, manages to have its violent-crime-comedy cake and transcend it too.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Entre la comedia negra y la tragedia sangrienta, una película inusual y con ciertos rasgos de originalidad no apta para todos los estómagos o sensibilidades.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

An intriguing mix of situational humor and existential dread, a balancing act of light and dark, memorably executed.

January 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

One of the most original films in years.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

This is funny and touching; subtle whilst incredulous, any which way -- it's clever, endearing and lots of fun.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Playwright Martin McDonagh's debut feature of his own script shows still-tentative cinematic skills, yet his flair for dialogue and inanity delivers the laughs as the bodies hit the cobblestones.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

In Bruges is funny and flashy, but as it ends you know you've been laughing because it truly hurts, and every flare and flash of the talking and the killing have left something much more subtle burned into your brain.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Maybe it's just that the cycle of hitman film escapades is played out for the time being, but In Bruges might have been better off using a silencer.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

McDonagh's trademark is dark humor, the ability to humanize inhuman situations, and plot twists you don't see coming. Expect all of these here, along with gorgeous cinematography by Eigil Bryld.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

The first film to earn a place on my 2008 10-best list, In Bruges is a laughing skull of a movie.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

If you enjoyed last year's underappreicated You Kill Me, book yourself a return ticket to Bruges.

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

McDonagh directs with supreme confidence, just as he writes.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

McDonagh's dialogue is often bruisingly funny -- particularly once hambone Ralph Fiennes makes his belated entrance -- and his sense of the absurd never falters.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

Colin Farrell has redeemed himself, and shown he is an actor of the first rank.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Despite its graphic violence, In Bruges remains a hilarious comedy with poignant moments, while never tipping over into maudlin territory.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for In Bruges

Failed hitman Colin Farrell is sent to Bruges with fellow hitman and friend Brendan Gleeson to lay low after the botched murder of a priest results in the death of a small boy. Sounds like a barrel of laughs doesn't it? But this endlessly surprising film is just that. The dialogue is extremely smart and witty and it's full of very funny and politically incorrect humour as well as gangster related drama and surreal situations that's slightly reminiscent of a rather more cerebral and literary Guy Ritchie movie. Farrell is great as a culturally inept childish oaf who you can't help liking and despite the humourous approach and dubious morality of everyone involved you actually start to care about them all. I particularly liked the way that their moral "code" is shown as absurdly misplaced and hypocritical rather than honourable and the script is quirky but never resorts to self-conscious "I'm mad, me!" wackiness. It's refreshingly unpredictable right to the end and I really, really enjoyed it. People who don't like the "f" or "c" words should definitely steer clear though!
March 26, 2014
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Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

"Shoot First. Sightsee Later."

In Bruges was exactly what I thought it would be after seeing Seven Psychopaths before seeing Martin McDonagh's feature film debut, In Bruges. It's a fast talking, smart, dark comedy that features three great performances from Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes. There's really very little to not like about this movie.

After a job that goes wrong in London, two hit men, Ray(the new guy) and Ken(the veteran) are instructed to stay at a bed and breakfast in Bruges, Belgium and await further instruction from their boss, Harry. Ray is guilt stricken after what occurred on his first hit and hates Bruges. Ken enjoys the days in Bruges, but knows that the "little vacation" won't last.

This is a must see film. The dialogue is smart and fresh, Colin Farrell is hilarious and you gotta love any movie with Brendan Gleeson in it, just for having Brendan Gleeson in it. I tend to believe that McDonagh outdid himself with his follow up to In Bruges, but nonetheless this is still a terrific film.
March 24, 2014
Melvin White

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Writer and director Martin McDonagh creates increasingly interesting and Meta films about the world of crime that are both interesting to watch and great for a laugh. Though he has recently been lauded for his film "Seven Psychopaths" his earlier film, "In Bruges" is better constructed, has a more interesting concept, and deals with a cast of characters otherwise unseen in a film like this. Colin Farrell is starring in much more interesting faire as of late, and this film truly began his build into indie icon, as the hard to love Ray, a hit man who is stuck in Bruges after a job gone wrong. Brendan Gleason also impresses in the role of Ken, his friend and handler. Ralph Fiennes shows up to make an interesting mark as their boss, Harry, and their final gunfight is far more gun heavy than its successor. This is a one of a kind writer and director, and all his work needs to be watched by American audiences.
January 21, 2014

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Martin McDonagh is one of the sharpest and wittiest writers in the business today and for me it's a crime how underseen his blackly comedic and instant classic In Bruges is. In all of the film's success at being strangely depressing and monotone whilst somehow being funny and scary at the same time it is easily the most original British gangster movie since Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. This is the rare piece of weird, smart and unpredictable filmmaking energy that brings more to the genre it belongs with than the average expectations. The perfect example of that is a Colin Farrell performance that isn't dull and two dimensional but rather brilliant and genuinely interesting. Through every minute of the film his hilariously deadpan fish out of water chemistry with Brendan Gleeson results in a brilliant pair of crime thriller leads. The directing is as creative and sensitive as you might have expected considering McDonagh won an Oscar for his short film "Six Shooter" and his keen eye for fleshing out the locations are no exception. Personally I loved the slow pace that he decided to go with, he proves that zany one liners and stupidly electrifying direction don't always have to be part of what makes a fun and entertaining thriller. This is solid filmmaking and one of the most understated films i've seen in a good while. The gloomy depressed tone of the film magnetises perfectly with original and weirdly upbeat black humour so much that I forgot it was a crime drama and not an Edgar Wright-esque dark comedy. In Bruges is indiscreetly violent to fantastic dramatic effect, there's vast amounts of broad and memorable scenes of truly nail biting tension, and not once does the film give out a single hint at where any of it is going. It's somehow an "of the moment" film but concurrently grips you throughout it's seemingly short lasting duration. It's still at the top of my list for the biggest surprises of 2008. McDonagh's latest flick Seven Psychopaths will have to be pretty damn flawless to appear superior, at least in my eyes.
January 22, 2013
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    1. Ken: You don't even know that we're not here on a job.
    2. Ray: Here in Bruges?
    3. Ken: Yeah.
    4. Ray: On a job?
    5. Ken: Yeah.
    6. Ray: On a job? Here in Bruges?
    7. Ken: Yeah.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (42 days ago)
    1. Ray: That's for John Lennon, Yankee fucking cunt!
    – Submitted by Rocket R (7 months ago)
    1. Harry: What are you fucking doing?
    2. Ken: I ain't fighting any more, Harry.
    3. Harry: Alright. Then I'm blowing your fucking head off. Oh don't come over all Gandhi! What are you doing?
    – Submitted by Victor M (14 months ago)
    1. Ray: What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?
    2. Ken: Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?
    3. Ray: I can hardly do English. That's the one thing I like about Europe, though. You don't have to learn any of their languages.
    – Submitted by Victor M (14 months ago)
    1. Yuri: Take your pick, Mr Waters.
    2. Ken: An Uzi? I'm not from South Central Los-fucking-Angeles. I didn't come here to shoot twenty black ten-yearolds in a fucking drive-by. I want a normal gun for a normal person.
    – Submitted by Victor M (14 months ago)
    1. Ken: You from the States?
    2. Jimmy: Yeah. But don't hold it against me
    3. Ken: I'll try not to... Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.
    – Submitted by Victor M (14 months ago)
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