• Released
  • April 27, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 44 min
  • Comedy
  • 337 Fan Ratings
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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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Weirdly funny, inspiring film.
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85

NPR

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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75

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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70

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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63

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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60

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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60

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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60

Movieline

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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58

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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Rated PG-13 | For Some Violent Images and Brief Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Jack Black stars in dark fact-based murder comedy.
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