• PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Richard Linklater
    In Theaters:
    Apr 27, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2012
  • Millenium Entertainment


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Bernie Reviews

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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?

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 5, 2013
Glenn Dunks

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.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire

a well-rounded dramatic film taken from a refreshingly uplifting perspective.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

It looks like a southern gothic and feels like a particularly hilarious farce, but Bernie is not at all what you think.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 5, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

April 30, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

An extremely amusing, socially accurate docudrama.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 28, 2013
Rich Cline

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2013
Adam Lowes

It's been a long time coming, but it turns out Bernie has been worth the wait.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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'.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Linklater observes it all with an ironic smile on his face. But he's never patronising enough to sneer.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2013
Andrew Pulver

Really impressive.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2013
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

This is a bizarre and intriguing tale but Bernie remains essentially unknowable and the picture lacks big laughs.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2013
David Jenkins
Little White Lies

Far more fine shades and ambiguities than expected.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

April 25, 2013
Matthew Turner

Hugely entertaining, smartly directed and darkly funny black comedy with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Jack Black.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2013

A sweet, dark, funny true-crime story with a dream cast - and that includes the real-life residents of the town of Carthage, Texas.

Full Review Source: Film4

April 24, 2013
Kelly Smyth
Sky Movies

There's not many movies that leave you wanting to give a convicted killer a great big hug. But this is one.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

April 24, 2013
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Linklater's Fargo, it's funny peculiar and funny ha ha, with Black a delight and Linklater in impressive control of superbly judged content and tone.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

It's so lovely to see Jack Black being this kind of actor. I hope he does it more often.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

March 13, 2013
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground

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 Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 28, 2013
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny

A beautifully constructed, smartly scripted and very funny tall tale of down-home values and darkness in the most unlikely of places.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2013
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