• Daniel Charchuk

    ★★★★ Watched by Daniel Charchuk 08 Sep, 2012

    A near-perfect synthesis of docudrama and mockumentary, intertwining reality and fiction almost seamlessly. Black, as mentioned, is fantastic, and McConaughey continues his unbelievable year. It's a bit too long, and thus its concept starts to grow thin by the end, but, for the most part, this is strong, hilarious moviemaking.

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  • Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★½ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    I would buy a used coffin from this man. In Richard Linklater's droll comedy "Bernie," Jack Black plays an east Texas funeral director named Bernie Tiede, and it is surely one of the performances of the year. I had to forget what I knew about Black. He creates this character out of thin air, it's like nothing he's done before, and it proves that an actor can be a miraculous thing in the right role.

    Black is not a giant.…

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  • Aaron King

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Aaron King 19 Apr, 2014 2

    Underrated and under seen in my opinion. Great performances for every person in this film even down to the regular joes who really lived in the town. Richard presents the character as he is and lets the viewer make an opinion about him whether he is truly guilty of murdering her out of rage or premeditated murder. Jack Black gives his best performance ever in this film. He is a little over the top at times but I also think…

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  • Jaimie Kanwar

    ★★★★ Watched by Jaimie Kanwar 20 Apr, 2014

    What a nice surprise. A quiet, charming movie, elevated by endearing characters, quirky small-town humour, and a winning performance from Jack Black. Hugely entertaining, even if it does glorify a murderer (!)

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  • Patrick Pryor

    ★★★½ Watched by Patrick Pryor 19 Apr, 2014

    The incorporation of real interviews with townspeople, accurate lampooning of some types of Texans, and a dialed-down Jack Black help this stand out from other "strange, but true" crime films

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  •  Justin Purwitsky

    ★★★½ Watched by Justin Purwitsky 19 Apr, 2014

    Bernie is a great film that leaves you guessing to the very end. What will be the verdict? If you know the true story I guess you'll know the outcome but if you don't then you are in for a real treat.

    Great acting, especially by Jack Black, great directing and a great realistic look all add credence to this well written and well staged mystery drama comedy hybrid.

    Other than the three main cast members the film is filled…

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  • Gert Verbeek

    ★★★ Watched by Gert Verbeek 21 Jan, 2013

    Bernie heeft echt te bestaan als we de archiefbeelden tijdens de aftiteling van de gelijknamige film mogen geloven. Het relaas over zijn misdaad zou een aardige reportage van een half uur hebben kunnen opleveren. Als speelfilm is het een anekdote op speelfilmlengte. Regisseur Richard Linklater (o.a. Slacker, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) volgt teveel de feiten, lijkt het. Jack Black is in de titelrol redelijk op dreef als fanatieke, ietwat verwijfde assistent van een begrafenisondernemer. Alle dorpsbewoners zijn dol op hem…

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  • Shawn Stubbs

    ★★★★ Watched by Shawn Stubbs 16 Apr, 2014

    Jack Black's performance is excellent and the story is told in such a compelling and unique way.

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  • gnew18

    ★★★ Added by gnew18 1

    At first one thinks he is watching a mockumentary, then one finds this was based on a true story, replete with Jack Black meeting in prison with Bernie.

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  • Cinemaddict

    ★★★★ Watched by Cinemaddict 07 Apr, 2014 4

    Whoa, Jack Black is fantastic in this! I have to say I was not expecting that. He plays an ambiguously gay undertaker, beloved by all in his community, who becomes sort of a life partner to a rich old widow that everyone in town hates. The widow is bitter and hateful, and... well I'll stop there just in case you're going into this cold.

    It's based on a true story, and it's filmed as a faux-documentary with actual townspeople playing…

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  • Hassan Vawda

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Hassan Vawda 10 Apr, 2014

    This was a treat of a film. The cinematic chameleon Richard Linklater twines around his idiosyncratic roots by stepping in to reality and carving out fiction in a heartfelt, entertaining and slightly tragic piece of work -similar in some ways, if far less depth and poignancy, to Kiarostami’s masterpiece ‘Close-up’.

    And it doesn't matter if it doesn't go into the narrative with a documentary or purely poetic agenda to touch and explore the entire pool, but it gently bobs in…

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  • Jordan Harper

    ★★★★ Watched by Jordan Harper 17 Mar, 2014

    Brilliantly constructed and fascinating story, where fact and fiction (or more precisely, actors and documentary interviews) are blended seamlessly. Jack Black has not been better.

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