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

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After a particularly difficult job, hit men Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brendan Gleeson) head to Belgium to hide out until things cool down. Ray hates the medieval city they land in, but Ken finds its beauty and peacefulness enchanting. Their experiences become increasingly surreal and possibly life-changing as they encounter tourists, locals, an American dwarf and a potential romance for Ray.

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Ciarán Hinds
Father McHenry
Clémence Poésy
Chloe
Jeff Abberley
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Julia Blackman
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Tessa Ross
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Carter Burwell
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Michael Carlin
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Eigil Bryld
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  • Mar 15, 2021
    "It's a fairytale fucking town. How can a fairytale town not be somebody's fucking thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches and all that beautiful fucking fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody's fucking thing, eh?" - Ralph Fiennes as Harry. Ralph Fiennes is such a hilarious menace in this movie. Nearly every line he speaks is quotable. And the performances by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are fabulous -- vulnerable, bad-ass, and funny. In Bruges is just fantastic. I am probably biased in a way because I've been to Bruges which makes the scenes in the courtyard bars, the tower and the canal really come to life. Witty dialogue intertwined with brutal violence has become a hallmark of Martin McDonagh's films, and this debut was one of his best. P.S. This is going on my movies that make you want to drink/party list. Every time someone takes a sip of a Belgian beer, FROM THE LOCAL TAP, needs to drink.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2015
    A bit too violent, but otherwise, fantastic plot.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 13, 2013
    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.
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  • Jan 21, 2013
    In Bruges is one of the most bizarre movies I've ever watched, but it's easily the best film of 2008 and one of the greatest movies to come out in the last 10-15 years. I can't think of many other movies that can rack up the laughs and put you as close to tears as this one does. Everything about In Bruges is great. From the dialog, to the actors, to the directing, there isn't a single thing for me to find and not like. And that's coming from someone who hates Colin Farrel to the core. I can't stand anything about the guy, but his performance in this movie is enough to get a little respect from me. Brendan Gleeson is also fantastic, but the true great actor out of this movie is Ralph Fiennes, who is absolutely hilarious in every possible way. A lot of the best quotes come from him, like the classic "You're and inanimate (expletive) object!" or his response to seeing an Uzi on Yuri's table. Just thinking about some of his lines makes me crack up. In what was a pretty decent year in film, 2008 delivered the likes of The Dark Knight, Slumdog Millionaire, Benjamin Button, and Frost/Nixon, but the true highlight of the year was the endlessly clever and masterfully made In Bruges.
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