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In Bruges

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United Kingdom, USA

2008

Rated R • 1h 48m

Director Martin McDonagh

Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Clémence Poésy

Genre Comedy, Drama, Crime

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Ray and Ken, two hit men, are in Bruges, Belgium, waiting for their next mission. While they are there they have time to think and discuss their previous assignment. When the mission is revealed to Ken, it is not what he expected.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Lily Bradfield Profile picture for Lily Bradfield

This is one my favorite movies ever. Both Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson give near perfect performances, which lends to a both thrilling and moving watch. They have amazing chemistry—they make it easy to watch and enjoy this film time after time. So well written, witty, and well-paced.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

50

Village Voice by

Bruges may be the movie's rather too-long-running joke, but Farrell's shaggy brow is easily the most entertaining thing in Irish playwright Martin McDonagh's first foray into the crime caper.
40

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

No one wants a movie that tiptoes in step with political correctness, yet the willful opposite can be equally noxious, and, as In Bruges barges and blusters its way through dwarf jokes, child-abuse jokes, jokes about fat black women, and moldy old jokes about Americans, it runs the risk of pleasing itself more than its paying viewers.
75

Premiere by Glenn Kenny

This finale, which piles one bloody absurd epiphany on top of another almost ad infinitum, is where McDonagh lays all his cards on the table -- and his characters are the ones who have to pay up.
63

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

The acting is top-notch. Colin Farrell, who seems to be gravitating increasingly toward smaller films, effectively channels his manic energy. He and Brendan Gleeson display chemistry in the Odd Couple vein, occasionally giving rise to instances of humor. Ralph Fiennes plays one of the most twisted roles of his career.
75

Chicago Tribune by Michael Phillips

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.
70

Variety by Robert Koehler

Closer to pics like “The Hit” and “Miller’s Crossing” than to McDonagh’s bristling, funny plays, 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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