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In Bruges Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

… shockingly mean-spirited and hilarious … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    An endlessly surprising, very dark, human comedy, with a plot that cannot be foreseen but only relished.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Neither star is sloppy, but both are loose and mellow -- a couple of pros who know they're the whole show.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter James Greenberg

    Chock full of wonderful lines delivered by a splendid cast, the film toys with the conventions and mostly transcends the limitations.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The heroes are two hit men, and the tone is often absurdist. But the film is also very funny and surprisingly affecting.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Sharply written, superbly acted, funny and even occasionally touching.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film encourages viewers to think about the topics that the main characters discuss, but there really isn't any positive takeaway amid the violent mayhem.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The hit men are charismatic but also plainly troubled and confused. The employer is selfish and cruel but espouses a strict moral code (when someone kills a child, that someone must die). Other characters sell drugs, live dissolute lifestyles, and more.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Hit men frequently discuss murder. Images (flashbacks as well as present time) show brutal, bloody, loud violence. Weapons include guns, knives, and fists; effects include the decimation of heads and limbs. A young boy is shot in the head (bloody image recurs, haunting the killer); a man falls off a tower, with explicit results. Discussion of suicide, and one man almost shoots himself in the mouth. Finale features repeated shooting, foot chase through city streets, lots of blood, and visible pain.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief sex scene between Ray and Chloe (non-explicit passionate roll on bed); Chloe appears in bra and panties. References to hookers (a prostitute appears kissing a client); at a party, couples tongue kiss. Primary couple kisses passionately near the end.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of language, including 100+ uses of "f--k" and several of "c--t," plus fewer uses of "s--t," (several with "hole," a couple with "horse"), "prick," "a--hole," "hell," and "p---y." Derogatory terms like "poof" and "fag" are also used, and there's heated discussion of racism.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frequent smoking and drinking (liquor, beer, wine), in cafes, pubs, and hotel room; several scenes show drug consumption (snorting cocaine); pills discovered in a hiding place; repeated references to drugs (cocaine, heroin).

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