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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 loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"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?"
‑ Kent Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"It looks like a southern gothic and feels like a particularly hilarious farce, but Bernie is not at all what you think."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"Richard Linklater mixes comedy, drama and documentary to tell a frankly outrageous true story, and in the process he also gives Jack Black one of his best-yet roles."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The question of why the law must always be upheld, regardless of consequences, gives this light, amiable movie a surprising heft and weight."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Black is a marvel as Bernie, reining in his usual manic persona to give his prissy, camp character an endearing sweetness but leaving what really makes him tick a puzzle."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"It's been a long time coming, but it turns out Bernie has been worth the wait."
‑ Adam Lowes, HeyUGuys
"Bernie has chuckles, but it's hardly riotous. And this is a good thing."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
""Bernie" unfolds into many equally rich narrative strands: love story, southern Gothic slice-of-life and, finally tragedy and legal thriller..."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"a well-rounded dramatic film taken from a refreshingly uplifting perspective."
‑ Nick Deigman, Fan The Fire
"An extremely amusing, socially accurate docudrama."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Based on a true story, Black offers a surprising degree of depth as an assistant funeral director with secrets in a town where 'all of the widows had a crush on Bernie'."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
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