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Bully Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

A crock of bull by a director more interested in exploiting the subject than exploring it.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C-

June 2, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

There's no arguing with Hirsch's message, but in order for his film to make the necessary impact, it must be mandatory viewing in every school -- for faculty and administration as well as for students.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 4

April 21, 2013
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly

One of the ten best films of 2012.

Full Review Source: Rage Monthly | Original Score: A-

January 27, 2013
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A difficult film with no real answers to the dilemmas it poses...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

January 7, 2013
Clay Cane

An intense look at bullying from the perspective of the victims.

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: B

December 14, 2012
Matt Neal
The Standard

Bully is not perfect, but everyone should see it.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 3/5

October 18, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

This documentary asks more questions than it answers, but what Bully clearly demonstrates is that no one should suffer in silence.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic

Is it fair to criticize a documentary for being too persuasive when the subject matter is not only genuinely tragic - and tragically widespread - but also so rarely brought into the public domain? That's the question I struggle with.

Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 26, 2012
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Bully is all heart, no brain - which makes it an easily palatable doc to sit through.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7.5/10

September 15, 2012

For all its good intentions...the film does not fight hard enough to rise above the emotions of the issue to explore real solutions.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 28, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

It's eye-opening to look at the "bad" schools but I was also hoping to see the "good" schools and learn about the initiatives that they've taken to address the issue.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2012

What should have been blindingly effectual is lessened by - ironically - a lack of killer instinct.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B+

August 25, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

By exposing audiences to the stark realities of bullying, Bully just might encourage people to take it seriously instead of perpetuating the old adage "it's just kids being kids".

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 24, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Bully is a solid documentary but one that's built to garner a specific reaction. In doing so Lee Hirsch has missed an opportunity to go deeper into the issue, offering a faceless enemy to protest against.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 20, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

There's something seriously wrong with life in our schools. And Hirsch clearly believes the world must be shown the harsh realities of it.

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 7/10

August 19, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Hirsch's treatment does not especially engage us nor allow an emotional connection - surprising, considering the subject matter

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

August 18, 2012
Simon Foster

[Hirsch] overplays the modern documentary trait to fill the final half-hour with website prompts and movement preaching, but one can hardly blame him given the closeness he obviously shared with his subjects.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

August 3, 2012
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

Hirsch's portrait imbues his everyday heroes with a dignity and grace that their tormenters obviously are too short-sighted to see and which shines in every frame of the film.

Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies

July 15, 2012
Simon Miraudo

It got fairly dusty fairly often for this critic, despite my misgivings about the picture's craftsmanship.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 10, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Bully's unobtrusive and poetic style, subtly but surgically uncovers the prison-like social hierarchical structure cultivated in US schools ... It's an affective, powerful, honest voice that demands to be heard.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 5/5

June 7, 2012
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