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Bernie Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 1, 2016
In what appears to be a possible first career dud, 'Bernie,' billed as a dark comedy starring Jack Black, falls far short of Linklater's normal standard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Actual scenes with Black, MacLaine and McConaughey start to feel like over-acted interruptions to the documentary we'd rather be watching.
Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013
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?
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
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.
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
a well-rounded dramatic film taken from a refreshingly uplifting perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 5, 2013
It looks like a southern gothic and feels like a particularly hilarious farce, but Bernie is not at all what you think.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 30, 2013
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.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 28, 2013
An extremely amusing, socially accurate docudrama.
Rich Cline
April 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Lowes
April 26, 2013
It's been a long time coming, but it turns out Bernie has been worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 26, 2013
Linklater observes it all with an ironic smile on his face. But he's never patronising enough to sneer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 25, 2013
I didn't find it very entertaining, but it is at least trying something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
April 25, 2013
Really impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 25, 2013
Almost vaudeville in spirit, it delights in American social clichés and kinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 25, 2013
This is a bizarre and intriguing tale but Bernie remains essentially unknowable and the picture lacks big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
Far more fine shades and ambiguities than expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
April 24, 2013
Hugely entertaining, smartly directed and darkly funny black comedy with a superb script and a terrific central performance from Jack Black.
Full Review | 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.
Kelly Smyth
Sky Movies
April 24, 2013
There's not many movies that leave you wanting to give a convicted killer a great big hug. But this is one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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