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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
    82%
  • 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®

    82%
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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

3 stars

Martin McDonagh's crime thriller In Bruges puts Bruges on the map.With the idea of building up, the plot starts off slowly with what seems like randomness and maybe even a little drag; however, the characters, dialogue, and events that take place tend to keep things interesting enough with even a few laughs to be had. It isn't until the final 45 minutes where things pick up and everything comes together.The violence is pretty slim, given the story revolves around hitmen, but for what does occur, it is quite gruesome.The performances are a highlight. Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell do an excellent job at carrying this film. The lovely Clemence Poesy is a breadth of fresh of air and Ralph Fiennes steps in for some solid airtime in the latter portions of the picture.In the end, the dark humor and direction of In Bruges make it a recommendable 100 minutes.

- skactopus, Sunday, October 28, 2012

3 stars

Looking back now I find the trailer for this film to be a bit misleading. Yes, the movie has its funny parts, some of the dialoges are even outright hilarious. To promote it as a gangster comedy, like you could do with Guy Richie's films for example, doesn't exactly do it justice, though. The general mood of this film is deeply melancholic, the soundtrack and the beautiful, unusual setting of Bruges make sure of that. The city almost becomes another main character with its unique atmosphere. The acting is top notch, especially by Gleeson and Fiennes, who is creating a very unusual villain character delivering the most hilarious lines. Merely Ferrell's expressions feel a bit over the top sometimes. The script is smart and enthralling. The bell tower sequence is brilliant but what comes after feels a bit forced and kinda renders it pointless, sadly. So, the ending made me feel a little let down and could have been a lot smarter. Still, definitely worth seeing.

- ironclad1609, Monday, August 13, 2012

3 stars

Looking back now I find the trailer for this film to be a bit misleading. Yes, the movie has its funny parts, some of the dialoges are even outright hilarious. To promote it as a gangster comedy, like you could do with Guy Richie's films for example, doesn't exactly do it justice, though. The general mood of this film is deeply melancholic, the soundtrack and the beautiful, unusual setting of Bruges make sure of that. The city almost becomes another main character with its unique atmosphere. The acting is top notch, especially by Gleeson and Fiennes, who is creating a very unusual villain character delivering the most hilarious lines. Merely Ferrell's expressions feel a bit over the top sometimes. The script is smart and enthralling. The bell tower sequence is brilliant but what comes after feels a bit forced and kinda renders it pointless, sadly. So, the ending made me feel a little let down and could have been a lot smarter. Still, definitely worth seeing.

- ironclad1609, Monday, August 13, 2012