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Bernie Reviews

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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
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
August 12, 2012
Richard Linklater's darkly funny mock doc is full of surprises, not least one star's terrific return to form.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 11, 2012
A unique work, a special film, a wonderful story, amazing characters; you'll watch the end credits with a big smile on your face
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 11, 2012
I loved every minute of this well-told and brilliantly created film that reinforces the complexities and incongruities of the human condition
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 3, 2012
Bernie is dark, unique satire heightened by blurring lines between truth and fiction and just about the funniest film I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Don Groves
July 26, 2012
Odd duck comedy/drama casts Jack Black in a surprisingly new light.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 26, 2012
Quietly and consistently charming a real hoot with a terrificly nuanced performance by Jack Black.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 12, 2012
The film is quietly unorthodox, but I can't think of another approach that would work nearly so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
June 14, 2012
Very funny and poignant true story.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremy Heilman
June 11, 2012
Very nearly a great American comedy with a profound thematic core...
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 8, 2012
A wry true-crime story from Richard Linklater, looking again to his home state for inspiration, as in his early triumphs ('Slacker,' 'Dazed and Confused').
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
June 8, 2012
My research indicates that most of what you see is true. That also adds to the appreciation of this small, very, very, well done movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 2, 2012
With facts that are stranger than fiction and a story surrounding a murder that is often played as dark comedy, Bernie exists somewhere between an Errol Morris documentary and Fargo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 2, 2012
Jack Black, in the greatest performance of his career, makes us see what the people of Carthage, Texas, saw in Bernie Tiede...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 1, 2012
... Black gives the performance of his career (so far).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
June 1, 2012
Linklater's film may remind you of the work of others, but it's one of his most entertaining yet.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 1, 2012
A weirdly wacky black comedy that's affectionately endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
Black's showboat performance reminds us why we thought he was so special in the first place.
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 31, 2012
As Bernie, Jack Black is about as reined-in as you'll see him. Effeminate, emotional, generous and cuddly, he's easy to root for when push comes to shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 30, 2012
This is a movie that is as strong as it is modest - as funny as it is sad. As wretchedly, thoroughly human as a work of art can be.
| Original Score: 90/100
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