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Bernie Reviews

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Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
April 22, 2013
You may be amused, but the laughter like the man, rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 13, 2013
It's so lovely to see Jack Black being this kind of actor. I hope he does it more often.
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
February 28, 2013
Black curbs his most irritating tendencies to give an endearing and convincing performance. An affectionate, intelligent ode to the oddity of small-town America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
February 14, 2013
A beautifully constructed, smartly scripted and very funny tall tale of down-home values and darkness in the most unlikely of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
January 8, 2013
Part of the film's pleasure lies in watching its spirit of poky Southern amiability give way to true-crime insanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 8, 2013
Bernie delivers an abundance of belly laughs, but at its center is a confounding act committed by a man too beloved to be hated and a community too passionate to think clearly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 8, 2013
It's absolutely worth seeing for Black's skillful work, but if only the filmmaker had added some tension, more people would be interested in seeing such a genuinely great performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
... Bernie is an unusual film with charm to spare, but it also happens to be laugh out loud funny, enthralling, profoundly sad and ultimately one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
Linklater uses dollops of black humor to provide an edge to this morally ambiguous piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2012
Black is -- forgive me -- downright adorable as the behind-bars-for-life killer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 20, 2012
While Linklater does a fantastic job in creating an entertaining true crime story, he also hits home the realisation that darkness can be found in the sweetest of souls, making a film that is as tragic as it is funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 18, 2012
Whilst it feels a little too one-sided, Bernie is still an intriguing film that has something to say about justice and the importance of how we are perceived.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 17, 2012
The real gold here is the performance centrepiece by Black; he delivers a lovable, highly nuanced portrayal of a man who is hard not to feel sympathy for, even if it does grind against your conscience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
August 16, 2012
A truly strange and original creation, based on a true story, which doesn't judge its curious characters.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
August 16, 2012
It's done very well indeed. I think Jack Black is wonderful. I thought that the whole progression of the film was, to me, unexpected.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
August 16, 2012
It's a fascinating story presented in a really intelligent and weirdly entertaining way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 15, 2012
"Bernie" is a quiet, leisurely paced indie film that's as different as can be from the typical true crime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 15, 2012
If anything it is a film about the selective application of moral judgement based on personal prejudices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Liam Maguren
August 15, 2012
A superbly written and lovingly told account of a quirky slice of American crime history with a tender, bittersweet ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
August 13, 2012
Richard Linklater mixes documentary with recreation in this bizarre true story, mercifully avoiding caricature and farce despite the subject seemingly screaming for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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