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Bernie Reviews

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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
October 20, 2011
Linklater has used witnesses to the truth to tell a lie.
March 27, 2012
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 14, 2013
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 17, 2011
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.
April 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
May 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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.
April 25, 2013
Almost vaudeville in spirit, it delights in American social clichés and kinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2013
You may be amused, but the laughter like the man, rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2017
Bernie is supposedly a black comedy but it's a tedious and remarkably unfunny one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 25, 2012
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.
April 26, 2012
Bernie, like its lead character, has a degree of diffuse, aw-shucks charm, but it's also maddeningly opaque.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
May 18, 2012
It probably sounded great in the pitch room, but as an actual experience it's on the redundant side.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 25, 2013
I didn't find it very entertaining, but it is at least trying something different.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2017
While Carthage's citizens may not have gotten the final word on Bernie's fate, Linklater provides them with a consolation: the gift of shaping this film.
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
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
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