Bernie Synopsis
A mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
You should have the opportunity to experience the movie the way I did, in complete ignorance, enjoying its every weird turn.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Weirdly funny, inspiring film.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
The wonder of Black's performance here is its empathy and balance: inasmuch as he can disappear into any role, he dissolves into this one...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
No use trying to describe Bernie. It's a one-of-a-kind inspiration. You will never feel closer to a convicted killer.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Where the movie is at its best is in the comically laconic, straight-to-the-camera remarks offered by Carthage's residents. (They're played...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Black gets to play an actual character instead of a loudmouthed cartoon. The movie's bright and endearing and surprisingly lacking in a...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
More than the film that surrounds him, Jack Black is worth the price of admission in Bernie, an oddball May-December true life crime story...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Jack Black adds new depths to his slippery comic persona in Bernie, a movie that may not ultimately add up to much, but which is filled...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
It was a stroke of genius, at least a miniature one, to cast Black in this role – he's made to play the affable teddy bear who could snap...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
All those twangy, homespun observations interrupt and annotate the narrative until Black and MacLaine's scenes start to feel as trivial as...
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By fostersplace
LOVED THIS MOVIE!!!! Local and famous actors were all excellent and true to East Texas ways. Writing, directing, cinematography -- all wonderful and hope it gets some awards. Only wished I'd...

Jack Black at His Best!

By gothame
Brilliant and fast paced, this film is witty, at turns dark, at others uproariously funny and deeply poignant. The cast delivers performances that are uniformly outstanding. Based on a true story,...

Bernie Rocks!

By llbnyny
Jack Black's performance is the best of his career. The supporting cast, especially the townspeople, are played to east Texas perfection. Richard Linklater has created a dark, comic "dramedy" that...

The New Jack Black

By BonVie
I almost passed on this movie because typically Jack Black movies are not even in my 'to rent' category (Nacho Libre, anyone?). Who knew Jack Black could actually act AND sing? His acting was...

Based on a true story!!

By Angie914
I saw Bernie at the Angelika theater in NYC. The movie is based on an actual Bernie. The movie was funny. But don't expect it to be your typical Jack Black silly funny movie....

Love Jack Black!

By Show Me Move Me Change Me
Interesting film. Never knew where it was headed, but adored Jack and all the real life folks and their take on things. Fascinating. My husband didn't like it much. But I did. Clearly the director...

Excellent character study of small town Texas

By kappumini
My husband and I watched this movie last night, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We loved the depictions of different flavors of people in small town Texas. Reminded my of "Waiting for Guffman" "No...

So Clever!

By janisutx
Bernie was so refreshing and original. Please don't miss it. The cast, writers and director should be so proud of their work. It was so funny in spite of the subject matter. I loved the real...

Strange documentary-style film redeemed by surprisingly fine performances - but it is one weird "art house" film despite mainline stars

By Eschetic
I wound up appreciating BERNIE more than enjoying it. Jack Black gives a truly remarkable restrained performance based on an actual assistant funeral director, justly beloved in his town, who finds...

wonderfully quirky

By motherofall
They actually succeeded in making a comedy about a real murder without making light of the murder itself. Very funny, good characters, great performance by Jack Black....

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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violent Images and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Jack Black stars in dark fact-based murder comedy.
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