• ComicTwerk4Sans

    ★★★ Watched by ComicTwerk4Sans 29 May, 2016

    #Feelthebern

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  • Vivek

    ★★★★ Watched by Vivek 29 May, 2016

    Truly a stellar performance from Jack Black. I was expecting a lot from this actor-director pair, and it never let me down. It captures quite well the nature of small town people portrayed in a documentary style with interviews of what people perceive the person Bernie is . Bernie is a comic portrayal of an incident which makes you think that law shouldnt be so objective. Dont they release people out of prison for exemplary behavior? Why is the he still in prison? I got some searching to do.

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  • sharky_55

    ★★★½ Added by sharky_55

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bernie is filmed in a faux-documentary style that seems to present the small community of Berthage's opinion on Bernie Tiede as realistic and genuine as possible. The talking heads are filmed in their natural environments - residents and cars go on about their daily lives in the background - and some of the segments devolve into petty gossip and slander like an interview might if it had been about a notoriously hated member of the community. In one certain clip…

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  • Hudson Barber

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Hudson Barber 25 May, 2016

    Offbeat to a fault. Deconstructs small town life in a disarming and wholly ironic light, and the mixture of real interviews with staged and scripted scenes was absolutely perfect. As someone who has spent a lot of time in small towns, I can attest that this film perfectly captures the personalities and mindsets of these people.

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  • GrahamLZima

    ★★★★ Watched by GrahamLZima 27 May, 2016

    This movie deserves more appreciation than it gets.

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  • dadgumblah

    ★★★★ Added by dadgumblah

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Very good movie with Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Based on a true story, Bernie (Black) arrives in a small Texas town and takes up a job as an assistant mortician. He is immensely popular with most of the people in the town, especially the older ladies. Which leads him to meet MacLaine's character, who is a very unpopular in the town. But he breaks her icy demeanor and soon becomes her constant companion. What follows may the…

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  • Cory De Silva

    ★★★★ Watched by Cory De Silva 24 May, 2016

    Jack Black kills.

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  • galacticdude7

    ★★★★ Watched by galacticdude7 24 May, 2016

    Not only was this a supremely funny film, it was also a great drama with a interesting and well told story. I could really feel the emotion of the film and I could relate to the townspeople and Bernie as well. It also not only showcased the comedic talents of Jack Black, but the entire cast. However I have to question the accuracy of the film in portraying the real life events that this film is based off of. The…

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  • Harrison Porter

    ★★★½ Watched by Harrison Porter 19 May, 2016

    I knew nothing about the film or the real life story before I started this one. Jack Black is wonderful in this, it's nice to see him play roles other than himself. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for mockumentaries.

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  • vanslater

    ★★★★½ Watched by vanslater 05 Mar, 2013

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  • Steve Jennings

    ★★★ Watched by Steve Jennings 28 Apr, 2016

    Jack Black's best performance? It's not as fun as School of Rock - in which he effectively plays himself - but it's far more nuanced. Bernie's tale is, like so many of Linklater's films, close to its filmmaker's heart, both personally and geographically (the real Bernie Tiede currently resides in Linklater's Texas home). It's difficult to gush about Linklater's lesser works so soon after seeing Boyhood for the second time (his masterpiece). Still, Bernie is fine, and is probably best consumed if you go in knowing nothing about the real-life story.

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  • Trevor Wallace

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Trevor Wallace 14 May, 2016

    I've always been confused at the mixed reception to this film. We begin by watching Jack Black charmingly demonstrate caring for a dead body, followed by an opening credits sequence with amusing local interviews and Mr. Black belting a Christian spiritual with complete sincerity. That's a one-two opening blow, and I was hooked immediately.

    Linklater takes a risk by leaning so heavily on interviews, which at times threaten to take us away from the fascinating central performance. The locals are…

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