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In Bruges Reviews

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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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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.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
No chit-chat passes by without an ornate bit of would-be profane drollery
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 3, 2008
Melancholic music and a torpid pace don't make In Bruges profound, but they are symptomatic of this phony, pretentious crime film's schizophrenia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
February 8, 2008
Unfortunately, the finished product is lost somewhere in the messily finger-painted tones; Bruges is a decent blast of uneasy cinema, but is ultimately crushed under the weight of its own self-adulation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brett McCracken
Christianity Today
February 8, 2008
There are several standout moments, but as a whole it feels rather flat and arrested. For a film about Purgatory, however, that might be appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
February 20, 2008
Offbeat and off-putting, unless you're really heavily into "guilt and sins and hell and all that."
Full Review| Original Score: 5/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 15, 2008
The unbelievable sensitive hit men trifle might have worked if it was just a travelogue about the Belgian Flemish fairytale medieval city of Bruges.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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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.
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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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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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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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 15, 2008
... has trouble balancing the movie's twisted humor and explosive violence, creating glaring shifts in tone that make watching In Bruges a wild, if only sporadically satisfying, trip.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
February 7, 2008
An unfunny comedy, this dismal effort is so full of plot holes it could pass as Swiss Cheese
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Richard von Busack
MetroActive
December 14, 2014
The handling of the violence seems like that line about jesting at scars if you never felt a wound.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 8, 2008
'In Bruges' discloses nothing that is not at once discernible and, even with new wrinkles, does not measure up against better caper-gone-awry works.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 22, 2008
As the 'ironic' contrast between historic Flemish beauty and modern vulgarity and violence increases, the movie becomes overdetermined in its twist-of-fate plotting and over-reliant on thuggish humor...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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