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Bruges (pronounced "broozh"), the most well-preserved medieval city in the whole of Belgium, is a welcoming destination for travelers from all over the world. But, for hit men Ray and Ken, it could be their final destination. A difficult job has resulted in the pair being ordered right before Christmas by their London boss Harry to go and cool their heels in the storybook Flemish city for a couple of weeks. Very much out of place amidst the gothic architecture, canals, and cobbled streets, the two hit men fill their days living the lives of tourists. Ray, still haunted by the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"It plays really engagingly, with the leads doing a wonderful Mutt and Jeff act and the camera lingering lovingly over scenery that looks awfully pretty in the moments before it gets spattered with blood."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"This dark comedy shifts effortlessly between silly and sobering, and it finally gives Colin Farrell the chance to be as funny as we've long suspected he could be."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"One of this holiday season's most pleasant dark-horse dramadies."
‑ Sean Edgar, Paste Magazine
"In Bruges, with its blunt, black wit running up against its moral fiber, manages to have its violent-crime-comedy cake and transcend it too."
‑ Carolyn Clay, Boston Phoenix
"One of the most original films in years."
‑ Jason Zingale,
"For all his movie's tough talk, it's a sometimes slipshod construction."
‑ Tom Charity,
"It's hard to mix dark wit with real tragedy, but that's what writer-director Martin McDonagh pulls off with In Bruges, a wonderfully realized examination of unintended and deadly consequences."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Moonlighting playwright Martin McDonagh yanks a trapdoor on his gallows humor - jerking from wry cringe comedy to a surreal congregation of blind skinheads, fat Americans and high midgets before a violent, solemn climactic parable about purgatory."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"This is funny and touching; subtle whilst incredulous, any which way -- it's clever, endearing and lots of fun."
‑ Raam Tarat, Future Movies UK
"Its mock-artistic thriller trappings notwithstanding, 'In Bruges' is basically a funny, tragicomic two-hander, with the casting of Farrell alongside Gleeson enabling a pleasing Irish inflection."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"'After I killed him, I dropped the gun in the Thames' -- so begins In Bruges, an insanely clever thug's tale so rife with obscenity that those 11 words form one of the longest complete sentences that can be repeated safely here."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"No chit-chat passes by without an ornate bit of would-be profane drollery"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"An intriguing mix of situational humor and existential dread, a balancing act of light and dark, memorably executed."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Playwright Martin McDonagh's debut feature of his own script shows still-tentative cinematic skills, yet his flair for dialogue and inanity delivers the laughs as the bodies hit the cobblestones."
‑ David D'Arcy, Screen International
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