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      Bernie

      PG-13 Released Apr 27, 2012 1h 44m Comedy Crime Drama TRAILER for Bernie: Trailer 1 List Bernie: Trailer 1 Bernie: Trailer 1 2:02 View more videos
      88% Tomatometer 173 Reviews 73% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is one of the most-beloved residents in the small Texas town of Carthage. Sunday-school teacher, choir member and creator of spectacular funerals, Bernie is a friend to everyone, including Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a rich but nasty widow whom no one else likes. When Marjorie is found shot to death and stuffed in a freezer, Bernie is charged with the murder, and concerned Carthage citizens immediately spring to his defense. Read More Read Less

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      Richard Linklater's Bernie is a gently told and unexpectedly amusing true-crime comedy that benefits from an impressive performance by Jack Black.

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      J. Hoberman ARTINFO.com Bernie lacks the edge of malice one might reasonably expect from so nasty a tale. Feb 22, 2019 Full Review Anna Smith metro.co.uk [Jack] Black is hilarious, all towering tolerance that finally reaches boiling point. Rated: 4/5 Sep 5, 2017 Full Review Kent Jones Film Comment Magazine But the troubling question at the heart of this liberating, sunlit, deceptively simple but extremely complex and fairly formidable film is: should the law or the community itself decide the fate of its citizens? Nov 5, 2013 Full Review Michael Leader Den of Geek Bernie sits squarely in the middle of Linklater’s indie-mainstream spectrum – an experiment in marrying drama and documentary, which inevitably satisfies neither. May 8, 2024 Full Review Emiliano Basile EscribiendoCine [Linklater] tenderly embellishes the entire situation by subtly expressing the dichotomy between the law and real life. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 8/10 Jan 2, 2024 Full Review James Croot Stuff.co.nz While some may bridle at a serious event being treated in a glib fashion for comic effect, Linklater never openly ridicules the situation or his subjects – and serial-mugger Black is remarkably restrained. Rated: 4.5/5 Apr 21, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Dani G It's not bad really.... it's just very boring Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/27/24 Full Review Alec C Prepare yourself for the story of one of America's most beloved and well-liked murderers! Berne Tiede is a mortician who is the most respected member of his community, until his relationship with Marjorie Nugent ends with him killing her for her abusiveness! Told from the perspectives of the real-life members of the community, this crime-comedy shows that anyone pushed to the limit can become a killer! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Justin B I've been coming to this site for decade to check out reviews. Today, this movie inspired me to create an account and pronounce that it was easily the worst movie I've ever sat through. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 10/09/23 Full Review ed m Just ok. Great cast, but just average. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/05/23 Full Review Dave S Richard Linklater's Bernie will never be confused with cinematic art and probably won't change the way that you view the world, but it sure is entertaining. Bernie (Jack Black) is a funeral director in the small town of Carthage, Texas who befriends the intensely unlikeable Marjorie (Shirley MacLaine), a vile curmudgeon hated by all. Eventually, even the kind-hearted Bernie has had enough, causing him to pump four rounds into her back, much to the eventual disbelief of the town folk. Filled with subtle and dark humor, some very clever writing, and knock-out performances from MacLaine and Black (possibly his best role), Bernie is a breath of fresh air and probably Linklater's most underappreciated movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Liz M This movie is a gem. Jack Black is perfect and the directing is excellent. A very funny movie based on a true story that could only have this flavor in a small town in Texas. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede (Jack Black) is one of the most-beloved residents in the small Texas town of Carthage. Sunday-school teacher, choir member and creator of spectacular funerals, Bernie is a friend to everyone, including Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a rich but nasty widow whom no one else likes. When Marjorie is found shot to death and stuffed in a freezer, Bernie is charged with the murder, and concerned Carthage citizens immediately spring to his defense.
      Director
      Richard Linklater
      Producer
      Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer, Matt Williams, David McFadzean, Judd Payne, Dete Meserve, Ginger Sledge, Richard Linklater
      Screenwriter
      Richard Linklater, Skip Hollandsworth
      Distributor
      Millennium Entertainment
      Production Co
      Mandalay Vision, Wind Dancer Films
      Rating
      PG-13 (Some Violent Images|Brief Strong Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 27, 2012, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $9.2M
      Runtime
      1h 44m
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