Bully Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
September 24, 2001
[Clark's] admirers would no doubt call him unflinching, but his style looks more like voyeurism to me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 19, 2009
...an exploitation teen movie in the pejorative sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 12, 2001
One has to wonder about the mind-set of a middle-aged filmmaker who repeatedly seeks out material about amoral and promiscuous teenagers with little to say.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Much too concerned with flashing nude scenes of its barely legal cast to make a point or unfold a story.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 7, 2004
A bit long and repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 20, 2001
It feels like a peek into the closet of a pedophile and it's genuinely discomforting. And not for the reasons the film should be.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
September 11, 2001
A nasty piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 14, 2001
The inordinate amount of flesh-based antics among the kids is geared to peeping tom status.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeremiah Kipp
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 24, 2001
If a misanthrope goes to a movie, then walks out and is glad to be among people because the filmmaker's world is so much uglier than the misanthrope's own, has the filmmaker accomplished something?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 25, 2001
It's a disturbing film, but it takes us nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 10, 2001
Even more voyeuristic than Kids.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 13, 2001
A truly repulsive piece of trash that says far more about the absence of values from contemporary filmmaking than the waywardness of teens.
| Original Score: 0/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 13, 2001
Some of his detractors have called Mr. Clark a pornographer, but this is an insult to honest smut-peddlers, who treat their subjects with more respect than he does.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 19, 2001
Fixated on young flesh, it never really get us inside the skins it keeps stripping naked.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2001
Closer to teen pornography than to teen tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2002
The first 45 minutes or so of Bully is so similar to Kids, with the teens doing absolutely nothing except having sex and getting high, that it almost negates the effectiveness of the rest of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
This time tough, as Clark indulges once more in voyeuristically displaying underage sexuality and amoral behaviour, I can't let it pass.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
July 23, 2001
Inadvertently, Larry Clark has come up with an art-house parody of Tim Hunter's River's Edge and an annoying assault on the senses.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 18, 2002
It's Larry Clark who's the bully, a cinematic bovver boy who just can't help himself.
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
hose involved in the real life story this film is based on should be disgusted -- for both sides were truly cheated out of the respect they deserved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
March 28, 2012
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2012
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 8, 2001
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 6, 2012
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
April 6, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 20, 2012
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 31, 2001
A needy movie made by a needy director, peopled with actors who come off as mindless blanks.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
Jason Solomons
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
July 29, 2008
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 27, 2012
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
March 29, 2012
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
March 30, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 13, 2012
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Ebert & Roeper
July 19, 2001

Guardian
March 3, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002

FilmFour.com
March 25, 2002
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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