• RedDirect

    ★★★★½ Watched by RedDirect 03 Jul, 2015

    Jack Black has become a household name on the back of multiple, memorable roles. Whether he was making kids laugh in the Kung Fu Panda films, are melting faces through curse-filled vocal performances with the band Tenacious D, Black is an undoubtedly talented individual. In Bernie, Black is given a chance to combine his talents for singing and acting together to deliver a performance that, in my opinion, is unquestionably his best. His powerful work here, along with the help…

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  • alphonse

    ★★★½ Watched by alphonse 30 Jun, 2015 2

    Bernie is a very likeable film - I believe it is impossible to dislike it, it's just so fun and has got a lot of personality, keeping it light and very amusing throughout the entire runtime that there's no way any film fan will find it underwhelming. Well, it is not a perfect achievement and it probably will never achieve the status of “one of the greats”, but it's nonetheless a truly enjoyable piece of cinema, really a great comedy…

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  • Anthony Iessi

    ★★★★½ Added by Anthony Iessi

    A twisted tale of a beloved man from a naive texas town who is unbeknownst as a killer. Richard Linklater does an amazing job portraying the tragic hero, Bernie Teide using the ever charming and hilarious Jack Black. Matthew McConaughey delivers a stellar performance. Shirley McClaine wows as Marjorie Nugent. Bernie is a well-done black comedy.

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  • Tin

    ★★★★ Watched by Tin 27 Jun, 2015

    Linklater establishes Bernie's character through his signature style of faithful rendering of real life, this time it's in the form of a mockumentary. And he used real townspeople (this being a true murder case in Texas) who gave their own opinion/commentary on Bernie and the case, and I think this made everything more intimate and affecting. He also took time to establish a sense of place because sometimes in a small town, the people and the place are intertwined. You…

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  • Zach

    ★★★★ Watched by Zach 22 Jun, 2015

    For Linklater to have recently undergone massive projects that took many years to accomplish, like "Boyhood" and the "Before" trilogy, it's easy to forget how small, intimate, and natural his films really are. "Bernie" is not a grand project, although it's based on a news headliner, but it has that feel of a Linklater film, and it once again displays his comic touch and examination of a community that were present in his earlier films.

    The basis for this story…

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  • Jon_Kissel

    ★★★½ Watched by Jon_Kissel 14 Jun, 2015

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

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  • ColeMeyer

    ★★★½ Watched by ColeMeyer 13 Jun, 2015

    I'm surprised how much I liked this movie. I feel like this is Jack Black's Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind (thought, granted, Eternal Sunshine is better in a lot of ways, and more emotional, but Bernie still achieves what it sets out to achieve).

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  • stepback

    ★★★★½ Watched by stepback 25 Apr, 2015

    GRADE: A
    If I was Linklater and I had to pick someone to play Bernie, Jack Black wouldn’t have even been in my top 10. After watching this, I can’t think of anyone else that could have played him. This is the third film I’ve seen from Linklater’s and he continues to show me why he’s such a great director. He used the writing to be able to make this an effective dark comedy, by getting excellent performances all-around, particularly…

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  • rakeshm

    ★★★½ Watched by rakeshm 02 Aug, 2013

    Gota love me some linklater and black combo. A dark comedy and interesting "true" story although black cant cry for ish..

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  • Marcus Alan Ryckman

    ★★★ Watched by Marcus Alan Ryckman 30 May, 2015

    One reason I like watching movies by myself is that I don't like being distracted. With that being said, I didn't catch the part where it said "based on a true story" in the beginning and was totally blown away when I got to the credits. Woah. Like, that happened. That is all.

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  • Dan Gibel

    ★★★★ Watched by Dan Gibel 06 Jun, 2015

    It took me too long to get to this one. Its definitely one of my favourite Linklater films, and I do think its my favourite Jack Black performance. Overall a very engaging and interesting film.

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  • FilmConnoisseur

    ★★★★★ Watched by FilmConnoisseur 01 Dec, 2012

    Bernie stars Jack Black and is directed by Richard Linklater. This is their first collaboration since the hit-comedy School of Rock. That movie changed Jack Black's career. He went from a cult comedian/musician to the star of many successful family films. And now is a movie that could potentially be another career changer for Black.

    He plays Bernie, a community worker in a small-town in Texas. At the beginning of the story, Bernie is a mortician. He is very devoted…

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