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In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town’s most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 147
- Fresh: 133
- Rotten: 14
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Bernie has chuckles, but it's hardly riotous. And this is a good thing.
Fresh: "Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations.
Fresh: Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer.
Fresh: Far more fine shades and ambiguities than expected.
Best Actor Awards
Call me crazy, but Jack Black should win multiple awards for his role in this movie. I totally believed the character and could empathize with what Bernie was feeling.
It is a must see movie in my eyes.
A great "black" comedy
Jack Black is usually either ok, or bad but in this he delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. The true story of Bernie Tiede is an incredibly yet horrifying tale and it's portrayed in a light balance fo comedy and drama. Truly a keeper, I hope this wins a few Academy Awards!
A very classic Jack Black-movie with great comedy-edge….however the end is a little un-sharp. All in all: Absolutely worth watching!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2012
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