• 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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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Linklater has used witnesses to the truth to tell a lie.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 20, 2011
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

Bernie is poised to be a tough sell for Millennium Entertainment, its mild star power likely incapable of offsetting a garish premise and mixed reviews.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 27, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 14, 2013
Tim Grierson
Screen International

Amusing and appealing, but only rarely cuts deep enough in its examination of a kindly small-town Texan who murdered the elderly widow he took care of.

Full Review Source: Screen International

June 17, 2011
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A surprisingly shapeless true-crime farce which never creates a convincing context for the odd relationship between a pious East Texas mortician and his sugar mama.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 25, 2012
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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All those twangy, homespun observations interrupt and annotate the narrative until Black and MacLaine's scenes start to feel as trivial as reenactments on a true-crime TV show.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

April 25, 2012
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Bernie isn't a particularly likeable guy and Black's opaque performance never lets us get beneath the surface to find a character we might actually care about.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 17, 2012
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

Almost vaudeville in spirit, it delights in American social clichés and kinks.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 25, 2013
Dustin Putman

For a motion picture about one person losing her life and another losing his freedom, "Bernie" doesn't deserve to be as flippant as it ultimately is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

April 26, 2012
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

You may be amused, but the laughter like the man, rings hollow.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

April 22, 2013
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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You would be hard pressed to find a film that feels more true to a reporter's experience of an event. This isn't necessarily a good thing, at least not cinematically.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 25, 2012
Stephanie Zacharek

Bernie, like its lead character, has a degree of diffuse, aw-shucks charm, but it's also maddeningly opaque.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

April 26, 2012
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It probably sounded great in the pitch room, but as an actual experience it's on the redundant side.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto | Original Score: 2/5

May 18, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

I didn't find it very entertaining, but it is at least trying something different.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

April 25, 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
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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

... 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 Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 5/5

September 27, 2012
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

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 Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: B+

January 8, 2013

Black is -- forgive me -- downright adorable as the behind-bars-for-life killer.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B

August 25, 2012
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
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