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Richard Linklater

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 150
  • Fresh: 134
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Bernie has chuckles, but it's hardly riotous. And this is a good thing. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, May 18, 2012

Fresh: "Bernie' isn't a monumental film, but it is a finely tuned character study with some nice innovations. – Tom Long, Detroit News, May 25, 2012

Fresh: Propelled by a perfectly cast trio of stars whose eccentricities shine in singular character roles, Bernie is charmer. – Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail, May 18, 2012

Fresh: 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? – Kent Jones, Film Comment Magazine, Nov 5, 2013

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Customer Reviews

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!

Great Fun

A very classic Jack Black-movie with great comedy-edge….however the end is a little un-sharp. All in all: Absolutely worth watching!

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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