Richard Linklater’s latest film appeared on the festival circuit almost a year ago and finally made it to theaters everywhere last week. It is not only one of the best films currently in theaters, but I promise it is one of the best films of the year so far. Based on Skip Hollandsworth’s 1998 Texas Monthly article about Carthage, Texas, resident Bernie Tiede, Bernie is told in a docudrama style.
I watched this film four times and wrote four different reviews with four different ratings. It’s quite unnerving for a self-proclaimed know-it-all to waiver so about his first impression. I don’t know whether to produce a lengthy rant or a short shoulder shrug. So, here goes nothing.