In Bruges Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2014
I never expected to be moved by In Bruges, but I was.
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John Anderson
Washington Post
December 14, 2014
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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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 14, 2014
In Bruges is a wildly imperfect feature debut, but it does make you curious to see what else McDonagh has to offer.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
December 14, 2014
Tightly scripted and intricately plotted, the buddy film manages the neat two-step of being simultaneously profane and engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
December 14, 2014
In Bruges is a refreshingly different take on the hitmen genre.
Alan Frank
Daily Star
December 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
December 14, 2014
Gleeson is a delight and Farrell gives his best performance in ages, capturing both the unrepentant philistine and endearing vulnerability at war in the tormented Ray.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
December 14, 2014
Gleeson reminds us that the best acting always looks like no acting at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Davies
Birmingham Post
December 14, 2014
Almost certainly the most expletive-riddled film of the year, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's feature debut puts a fresh spin on the hitman genre that's part Harold Pinter, part Laurel and Hardy and part Fellini.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cindy White
IGN Movies
December 14, 2014
Imperfect though it may be, In Bruges has charms that are difficult to resist, much like the city for which it's named.
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
December 14, 2014
The word 'unexpected' is a severe understatement when regarding the narrative genius of In Bruges.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
December 14, 2014
In the end, the only problem I see with In Bruges is that it will be a tough film to market to a mainstream audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Siobhan Synnot
Daily Record [UK]
December 14, 2014
What could have been an all-too familiar story of guilt, betrayal, male bonding and honour among thieves, gets a smart, endlessly surprising treatment here.
John Serba
MLive.com
December 14, 2014
In Bruges earns its laughter -- gales of it, if you're tuned into its chattering rhythms. But its triumph lies in McDonagh's ability to seamlessly merge such snappy, waggish tones with bleak tragedy, and not compromise the story's truthful integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 14, 2014
It all gets a little bit chaotic but at the same time I enjoyed this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
December 14, 2014
Sure, there are clumsy film edits and there are too many close-ups, but an emphasis on character and acting is exactly what is missing in much current film.
Barrett Hooper
NOW Toronto
December 14, 2014
In terms of showing what Farrell is capable of as an actor and not just as a marquee name, In Bruges stands alongside The New World.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Griffin
Montreal Gazette
December 14, 2014
Famed Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's film debut In Bruges is a ferociously funny, deadly serious character study of two Dublin hitmen holed up in the titular Belgian town.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Val Roman
MovieFIX
December 14, 2014
A cleverly written and humorous script by renowned playwright and director Martin McDonagh, together with outstanding performances by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, results in one very brilliant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
December 14, 2014
The revelation is Farrell, whose natural petulance as an actor has never chimed so well with his deeper reserves of childlike vulnerability.
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