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In Bruges

action & adventure, comedy, drama


Colin Farrell and Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes star in the edgy, outrageous, action-packed comedy that critics are calling "wildly entertaining!"

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    84%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Hit man movie is violent, profane, and provocative.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this violent action dramedy is focused on the relationship between two professional assassins. While their conversations range from darkly comic to philosophical, the film's imagery is incessantly brutal and bloody. Weapons include guns, knives, and fists. A young boy is shot in the head, a man is stabbed, men punch and kick, there's an attempted suicide by gun, a man falls off a tower (graphic images of his crushed body), and heads and limbs are decimated. There's some sexual imagery -- particularly a brief roll on a bed that's interrupted by a jealous, gun-toting boyfriend -- as well as nonstop language (especially "f--k") and strong drug imagery.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the movie. Is it gratuitous? Why or why not? What are the consequences of the assassins' violent acts?
  • What commentary is the movie making on the role of violence in today's culture?
  • Contrast Ray and Ken. What are their differences and similarities? What role do guilt and a sense of remorse play for both men?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    84%
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  • Audience

    86%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's obvious why director] McDonagh wanted to launch his film career with bang-bang instead of talk-talk. But his timing seems off.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews

4 stars

A lot better than the standard gangster action flick I was expecting to see. It's actually a talented piece of black comedy with a quirky story, sharp script and little action. Refreshingly it's no Hollywood movie, with the lead roles both sporting strong Irish accents and offering plenty of digs at the Americans. Amusing to see Ralph Fiennes playing an East End gangster.

- RossCollinsUK, Monday, October 4, 2010

4 stars

I hate Colin Farrell. I have never liked him personally or as an actor. I have never seen one of his movies that he didn't ruin. Until now. And worse: I actually liked his performance. I found him funny, and his portrayal of a guilt-ridden killer was actually affecting. Combine this with fantastic performances by Gleeson and Fiennes and McDonagh's sharp, witty script, and In Bruges is a very good film. The bit with the racist midget seemed out of place, and some of the subtext during their tour of Bruges occasionally got lost, but as a whole, the film is excellent - packed with Irish Catholic guilt, a mildly exciting action sequence, and some of McDonagh's best dialogue.

- hunterjt13, Thursday, September 16, 2010

1 star

I don't even know. I hated it. I wanted it to be funny, didn't the trailer make it seem like it would be funny.. a dark comedy, maybe?! It was boring. It had gore and brains all over the place. I could have done with out this movie.

- theylovealexis, Wednesday, August 25, 2010