Bernie
Bernie (2012)

In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.

Tom Long
Detroit News

"Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations.

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail

Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Actual scenes with Black, MacLaine and McConaughey start to feel like over-acted interruptions to the documentary we'd rather be watching.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The question of why the law must always be upheld, regardless of consequences, gives this light, amiable movie a surprising heft and weight.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Black is terrific. Rather than winking at the audience, he plays Bernie as a guy who's thoroughly unaware that there's anything unconventional about his behavior.

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine

But the troubling question at the heart of this liberating, sunlit, deceptively simple but extremely complex and fairly formidable film is: should the law or the community itself decide the fate of its citizens?

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Bernie has chuckles, but it's hardly riotous. And this is a good thing.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

"Bernie" unfolds into many equally rich narrative strands: love story, southern Gothic slice-of-life and, finally tragedy and legal thriller...

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Glenn Dunks
Trespass

It manages to feel unique and different ... It's funny too, which certainly helps, and is benefited immensely by a wonderful cast of big names and unknowns that help make this Linklater's freshest film in quite some time.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
True crime stories have a tendency to be sensationalistic. Many films based on high-profile murders, kidnappings or other such cases go out of their way to be… More
Nicki Marie
Has its moments, but mostly I was bored or distracted watching this one. Not sure why. Performances all good. Liked the small town USA setting. Maybe my mood at… More
Spencer S.
This film from Richard Linklater is yet another look at small town life and the seedy underbelly of said small town. It looks at the story of the real life… More
Tired of Previews
Question: Are you a fan of Jack Black? If so, you might want to check out Bernie. It came out last year. Many probably missed the theatrical release because it… More
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Chris Weber
Before I saw this movie, I knew that Jack Black was a talented performer. Now that I've seen this, I can tell you that he really can act, not just as an… More