In this black comedy inspired by real-life events, affable Texas mortician Bernie befriends the small town's wealthiest widow and then kills her. But despite the suspicious nature of her death, no one wants to think anything but the best of Bernie.
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"Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations.
Tom Long, Detroit News  full review
The question of why the law must always be upheld, regardless of consequences, gives this light, amiable movie a surprising heft and weight.
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald  full review
Bernie has chuckles, but it's hardly riotous. And this is a good thing.
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post  full review
Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer.
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail  full review
"Bernie" unfolds into many equally rich narrative strands: love story, southern Gothic slice-of-life and, finally tragedy and legal thriller...
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
Linklater's a glider, not a pile-driver; he hangs back when other directors prefer to bore in.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune  full review
It allows director Richard Linklater to explore his own roots while telling a remarkable real-life story, something too crazy for anyone to make up.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
The movie's bright and endearing and surprisingly lacking in a point. I wish I liked it better, but it's a start.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe  full review
A one-of-a-kind comedy based on the real homicide of an innocent old lady.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
[A] weirdly funny, inspiring film.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
Some of the best performances come from real-life residents of Carthage as they share their recollections on camera.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
A dead-solid-perfect depiction of small-town life.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic  full review
Bernie isn't a particularly likeable guy and Black's opaque performance never lets us get beneath the surface to find a character we might actually care about.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star  full review
Linklater, admirably unconcerned about how his film can be categorized, has made a comedy, a drama and most certainly a character study.
John Anderson, Newsday  full review
Watching Bernie is a little like sitting on a shady front porch and gossiping with the town tattlers.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News  full review
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.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Has a little bit of an East Texas Fargo feel. Jack Black gives one of his best performances.
Richard Roeper, Richard  full review
A jovial yet gracefully told tale.
Richard Brody, New Yorker  full review
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