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.
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 22, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 15, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 15, 2008
'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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
February 15, 2008
In Bruges is what Guy Ritchie might dream about making if, in fact, he could make a worthwhile movie anymore.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 15, 2008
In the end, In Bruges is a bit arch and artificial, but it is more than redeemed by Farrell and Gleeson's presence, and by the bushwhacking wit of the film's writer/director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 15, 2008
The dialogue is front and center, in spite of the picturesque setting and all the goings-on, and it's the best thing about the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2008
I thought it was fantastic.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 8, 2008
It is easily one of the best debut feature films in recent memory. The notion of a pair of hit men cooling their heels as they're forced to play tourist in a picture-postcard town is clever enough. But as the story unspools, it grows more intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 8, 2008
A rude and riotous laugher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 8, 2008
Overplotted, choppy, and contrived, it nonetheless has a curious vitality that makes you wonder where McDonagh will go next.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 8, 2008
A kind of eccentric, wisecracking Waiting for Godot that shifts gears into a bloody, unpredictable action spectacle that never loses its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2008
In Bruges is not a great movie, but there's no mistaking that it's the product of a great talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 8, 2008
Disappointingly strip-mines the very fatigued comic hit-man genre to diminishing returns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 8, 2008
There are good moments laced through the severely uneven In Bruges, but the best reason for seeing it is Bruges itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 8, 2008
If you could hoist a film on your shoulders and parade it through the theater for adulation and hoorays, the new British crime comedy In Bruges would be the one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2008
In Bruges manages to toy with cliche while avoiding it entirely.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 8, 2008
It feels contrived -- often clever and sometimes funny but always self-conscious, one of those indie flicks where the damn quirkiness is plastered on and right in your face. It's like an architect making the gargoyles the centrepiece of his church.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
February 8, 2008
A brutal and at times amusing excursion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 8, 2008
[Director McDonagh's] seesawing between slapstick and horror comes across as opportunistic because ultimately he cannot place the lives of these men in a credible moral context.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2008
The movie gradually deepens from odd-couple comedy into Catholic-themed drama, but it remains marvelously funny throughout.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 8, 2008
What's a pair of Irish hitmen doing In Bruges? I.e., what are two colorful but hackneyed movie stereotypes doing in Belgium's most well-preserved medieval city?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 8, 2008
It's definitely not to everyone's taste, but the most interesting pictures never are.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 8, 2008
This film debut by the theater writer and director Martin McDonagh is an endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 7, 2008
[McDonagh] talks a blue streak beautifully, but he has yet to find the nuance and poetry that make his red images signify with commensurate sizzle and pop.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 7, 2008
In Bruges is a haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 7, 2008
It somehow manages to never stop being brutally funny, while also becoming tragically bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 7, 2008
After playing one too many sullen poseurs it's clear Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes had a ball making an inky black comedy seething with grandiose invective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
February 7, 2008
When it's funny, it's hilarious; when it's serious, it's powerful; and either way, it's an endless pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 7, 2008
Martin McDonagh's raucous dark comedy teeters between cheeky humor and violence, overplaying both to varying degrees.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 7, 2008
All the proletarian poetry in the world can't save this movie from its blurry mess of mixed motives.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 6, 2008
In Bruges lurches from pretty but uninformative tour-of-the-town footage to static conversations between Ray and Ken, dully framed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 6, 2008
Once the shooting starts, everything collapses, and the ending is the kind that causes head-shaking. It's as if the filmmaker realized he wrote himself into a corner and had to resort to a contrivance to bring things to a close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
February 6, 2008
Not entertainment for the faint-hearted and mindlessly censorious, and in this particularly chaotic period, it seems right in tune with the times. It goes almost without saying that the acting of the three leads is, in a word, splendid.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 6, 2008
A gruesome, confused stumblebum of a movie.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
February 4, 2008
No one wants a movie that tiptoes in step with political correctness, yet the willful opposite can be equally noxious.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
February 4, 2008
It's obvious why [director] McDonagh wanted to launch his film career with bang-bang instead of talk-talk. But his timing seems off.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 18, 2008
Just when you think you've seen every possible variation on the hit-man genre, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh in his feature debut has fashioned an audacious combination of Old World grace and modern ultraviolence.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 18, 2008
This half-comic, half-serious account of two Irish hitmen who are sent to the titular Belgian burg to cool their heels after a job is moderately fair as a nutty character study, but overly far-fetched once the action kicks in.