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Bernie

Overview


Genre :

Comedy, Drama

Release Date :

April 27, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :

PG-13

Director :

Richard Linklater

Starring :

Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Dial, Gary Teague, Tommy G. Kendrick, Larry Jack Dotson, Veronica Orosco, Mona Lee Fultz, Brady Coleman

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

“..there's a limit to the insight one can glean from this generally straightforward docudrama approach..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]
“..the movie is so infantile that it achieves a special kind of purity and gentleness..”
by David Denby [New Yorker]
4 of 5

“..the casting choices are unerring, making it virtually impossible to tell the actors from the ordinary folks..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
“..shamelessly predisposed toward its subject, Bernie is an eccentric delight..”
3 of 4

“..no use trying to describe Bernie. It's a one-of-a-kind inspiration. You will never feel closer to a convicted killer..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..in the end, the film is too mild for the insidious incident that anchors it..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
3 of 5

“..even at its most charming as a defense of small-town eccentrics and Texas-style legal process, the film plays a little slowly..”
by James Rocchi [MSN Movies]
3.5 of 4

“..eagerly await the sequel to Bernie..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..cast and crew will be lucky to escape with their careers intact..”
by Nick Pinkerton [Village Voice]
Review rate : C+

“..all those twangy, homespun observations interrupt and annotate the narrative until Black and MacLaine's scenes start to feel as trivial as reenactments on a true-crime TV show..”
by Adam Markovitz [Entertainment Weekly]
“..actually, to say wishing is to overstate the emotional engagement viewers will have with the film..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]

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