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In Bruges (2008)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 108,819


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Martin McDonagh
In Theaters:
Jun 24, 2008
Box Office:
Focus Features - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for In Bruges

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (131) | Rotten (29) | DVD (6)

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Detroit News
Top Critic

'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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2008
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

One of this holiday season's most pleasant dark-horse dramadies.

Full Review… | September 30, 2010
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

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

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

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.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
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.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
Uruguay Total

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

Full Review… | January 13, 2009
Window to the Movies

One of the most original films in years.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boston Herald

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

Full Review… | October 1, 2008

McDonagh directs with supreme confidence, just as he writes.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Time Out Sydney

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

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for In Bruges


Two hitmen idle for awhile in the quaint Belgium city of Bruges, known for still being the most medieval of places remaining in Europe, cooling off after a hit gone bad in London. What're two cosmopolitan London gangster types to make of the quiet ancient town?
Brendan Gleesan is always grade "A" good, and what accolade is left for Ralph Fiennes to garner? But Colin Farrell? Here is a major talent and yet somehow frequently overlooked. I don't understand it. This picture rides on his performance, and he does quite admirably. Maybe only specific writers grok his chi ...
This black comedy'll put writer/director Martin McDonagh on your radar if he wasn't there before, if only for the sharp throwaway insights as to tourist travelling the continent.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


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!

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


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.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

In Bruges Quotes

You don't even know that we're not here on a job.
Here in Bruges?
On a job?
On a job? Here in Bruges?
– Submitted by Jesse H (3 months ago)
That's for John Lennon, Yankee fucking cunt!
– Submitted by Rocket R (9 months ago)
What are you fucking doing?
I ain't fighting any more, 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 (15 months ago)
What am I gonna do, ·Ken? What am I gonna do?
Just keep moving. Keep on moving. Try not to think about it. Learn a new language, maybe?
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 (15 months ago)
Take your pick, Mr Waters.
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 (15 months ago)
You from the States?
Yeah. But don't hold it against me
I'll try not to... Just try not to say anything too loud or crass.
– Submitted by Victor M (16 months ago)

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