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Based on 35 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 38 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    No use trying to describe Bernie. It's a one-of-a-kind inspiration. You will never feel closer to a convicted killer. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    You should have the opportunity to experience the movie the way I did, in complete ignorance, enjoying its every weird turn. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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 by a mix of local actors and real townspeople doing partially scripted versions of themselves.) show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Weirdly funny, inspiring film. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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 with wonderfully odd details of weird Americana. show more

  • 60
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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 that would have profited from being a whole lot darker and full-bodied than it is. show more

  • 60
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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 at any moment. show more

  • 85
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    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 with no hint of mocking remove. It's a beautiful thing to see. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Jack Black gives the performance of his career in the title role of Bernie, under the pitch-perfect direction of his "School of Rock'' director, Richard Linklater, who expertly crafts a black comedy with a deceptively sunny surface. It's the best movie I've seen all spring. show more

  • February 16, 2013 mh00000000138435
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    Very good dark comedy. Jack Black delivers and Shirley MaClaine was perfect. Great movie with outstanding performances by all.

  • October 04, 2012 tugbaby
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    I had never heard of it but went on $2 night and enjoyed it so much I rented it to show some friends. We are all old farts in our forties and thi nk he should have \"dumped out of the plane\" and kept his mouth shut.

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
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    The only reason I watched this movie was because Jack Black had the lead role. Unfortunately, it was by far one of the most boring movies I have seen all year. If not for a great performance by Black, it would be hands down two stars.

  • August 30, 2012 dandrift3
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    im am going to destroy this dvd so that there can not be be another victom

  • August 29, 2012 Raymond
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  • August 27, 2012 ewnesbitt
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    Great acting and pretty factual according to those who knew the actual characters.

  • August 27, 2012 aw00000000112866
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    Boring. I fell a sleep after 45 minutes and have no desire to watch the rest.

  • August 27, 2012 twalsh4440
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    Best Movie I have seen this year Fantastic Jack Black deserves \"Best Actor\"

  • August 22, 2012 ro00000000128209
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    Jack Black is freaking brilliant! lol such a talented actor awesome movie

  • August 20, 2012 Joe
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    3 of the best!!! How could anyone not like this flick???

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