In Bruges (2008)



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

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

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language and some drug use)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Martin McDonagh
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2008
Box Office: $7.6M
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as Film Director

as Boat Driver

as Overweight Man

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as Canadian Girl

as Canadian Guy

as Priest--uncredited

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Critic Reviews for In Bruges

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (44)

I never expected to be moved by In Bruges, but I was.

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Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Those who know McDonagh's work know a vein of darkness will run deeply through the comedy. It has seldom been darker. Or funnier.

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Washington Post
Top Critic

In Bruges is a wildly imperfect feature debut, but it does make you curious to see what else McDonagh has to offer.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

Tightly scripted and intricately plotted, the buddy film manages the neat two-step of being simultaneously profane and engaging.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Baltimore Sun

In Bruges is a refreshingly different take on the hitmen genre.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Birmingham Mail

The stars' foul-mouthed riff on Laurel and Hardy is shamefully entertaining while director Martin McDonagh's dialogue is cynical and disgracefully funny.

Full Review… | December 14, 2014
Daily Star

Audience Reviews for In Bruges


A bit too violent, but otherwise, fantastic plot.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams

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

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