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: April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 89% 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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Bernie is supposedly a black comedy but it's a tedious and remarkably unfunny one.

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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.

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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Adam Cook
Cinema Scope

While Carthage's citizens may not have gotten the final word on Bernie's fate, Linklater provides them with a consolation: the gift of shaping this film.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

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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Anna Smith
Metro (UK)

[Jack] Black is hilarious, all towering tolerance that finally reaches boiling point.

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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