Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 100
    An endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.
  2. 63
    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.
  3. 50
    As formulaic in its own way as anything mainstream Hollywood turns out, In Bruges is also a fish-out-of-water comedy.
  4. 75
    A haunting and hypnotic movie, just the thing to get lost in.
  5. 75
    Little more than a shaggy-dog tale about two hit men killing time in the picturesque, medieval Belgian city of the title, goosed with crackling dialogue and generous dollops of gore.
  6. Witty and lively, with a soul to it, as well.
  7. Neither star is sloppy, but both are loose and mellow -- a couple of pros who know they're the whole show.
  8. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Fiennes's energy gets the film over the finish line.
  9. The heroes are two hit men, and the tone is often absurdist. But the film is also very funny and surprisingly affecting.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.
  11. In Bruges, at its best, works like "Pulp Fiction" with Irish (and Belgian) accents, digressing into weird discourse and giving a bunch of actors the occasion to shine in small, peculiar roles.
  12. 100
    The movie gradually deepens from odd-couple comedy into Catholic-themed drama, but it remains marvelously funny throughout. Instead of hitting the easy notes of black humor, McDonagh skillfully modulates between broad character laughs and the men's piercing anguish as the story nears its bloody conclusion.
  13. It's a showpiece for that Belgian city's medieval splendor. You may want to book vacation reservations upon leaving the theater, although the memory of this underwhelming movie may tarnish the sightseeing.
  14. The film's light comedy and dark morality make for an unsettling mix.
  15. 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.
  16. The banter between these unlikely partners seems inspired by Quentin Tarantino's ingeniously insipid dialogue, delivered with indelible deadpan sincerity by John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson in "Pulp Fiction." Neither the dialogue nor the characters are as interesting here.
  17. The setting is unique, the cast is terrific, the dialogue crackles and, if only there were a plot worth believing, In Bruges might have been a fine film.
  18. 80
    Dark, hilarious and oddly moving.
  19. A perfectly titled and thoroughly engaging -- if at times gleefully violent -- black comedy.
  20. Mr. Gleeson, Mr. Farrell and especially the late-arriving and welcome Mr. Fiennes have great fun rummaging around inside Mr. McDonagh’s modest bag of tricks.
  21. For In Bruges to click, McDonagh needed either to get more real or more fake.
  22. Tightly scripted and intricately plotted, the buddy film manages the neat two-step of being simultaneously profane and engaging.
  23. 75
    Dry humor keeps In Bruges fresh and lively and makes it a whole lot of fun to watch.
  24. 40
    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.
  25. Reviewed 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.
  26. 91
    When it's funny, it's hilarious; when it's serious, it's powerful; and either way, it's an endless pleasant surprise.
  27. A dark comedy with a melancholy streak and punchy sense of humor.
  28. Reviewed 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    With In Bruges, the British gangster movie gets a Croydon facelift. It may not be new, but it’s a wonderfully fresh take on a familiar genre: fucked-up, far-out and very, very funny.
  30. Chock full of wonderful lines delivered by a splendid cast, the film toys with the conventions and mostly transcends the limitations.
  31. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    In a film full of great performances, Ralph Feinnes steals the show as Harry, the boss.
  32. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Those who know McDonagh's work know a vein of darkness will run deeply through the comedy. It has seldom been darker. Or funnier. He has made a hit-man movie in which you don't know what will happen and can't wait to find out. Every movie should be so cliched.
  33. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    A jolly mess of a movie. Overplotted, choppy, and contrived, it nonetheless has a curious vitality that makes you wonder where McDonagh will go next.
  34. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 236 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 77
  2. Negative: 5 out of 77
  1. Oct 15, 2011
    Colin Farrell throws in a unforgettably arrogant but funny performance with great support from Brendan Gleeson in the sly but direct black-comedy "In Bruges". Its a must watch for those who ponder about the meaning of life. Full Review »
  2. Feb 15, 2014
    Fantastic film, Basically a British Dark Comedy that feels like a deeper more complected version of Pulp Fiction that focus more on the mental state of the characters instead of being a series of events that the characters participate in.

    In Bruges is a fantastic film the cons over way the negatives, only negative being the fact that sometimes the dialog can be cringe worth, yet still believable

    9/10, more like 9.5 out of ten i really enjoyed the film, pasting can be slow but the great characters seemed to always keep me entertained
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  3. Feb 6, 2014
    A great set of actors doing some very ... interesting things. It's not exactly a "sit down with your parents and bond" thing so much as it's just very funny. It's a very dark humor, and honestly a little predictable, but it doesn't try to be anything more than it is. Full Review »