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Bully Reviews

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 6, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
April 4, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 31, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 30, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
September 14, 2001
The moral wasteland of suburban youth has been examined, earlier and better, in The River's Edge. Clark's leering leads nowhere: In Bully, he has nothing new to say, and, in the end, no real point to make.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 6, 2001
Closer to teen pornography than to teen tragedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 2001
Clark's probing camera leers, but it also reflects truth, providing visions of a hard reality most of us would be unable to comprehend and unwilling to face.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 17, 2001
Neither killers nor victim are drawn from life, just from lurid teen-exploitation pictures past.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 9, 2001
Exposes us to the true horror of what's going on in these kids' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
August 2, 2001
Attention must be paid, because this story of middle-class suburban teens who murder one of their own is all true.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 31, 2001
If you stick with Bully through its seemingly endless repetition of themes and its hurl-inducing hand-held camerawork, it does build a crude, indefinable power.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2001
Clark pokes his lenses where they don't belong; and though the actresses both are 21, they look young enough that the film edges uncomfortably close to child pornography.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 20, 2001
Some call it realism; I'd call it exploitation.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2001
Clark is not some objectified, outside adult observer making an after-school special, but an artist who has made a leap into this teenage mindscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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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July 16, 2001
A riot of sleazy camera moves, bad acting, and maladroit profane dialogue.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2001
An honest piece of work by a filmmaker who has found his level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 13, 2001
Brilliantly unsettling.
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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.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2001
It becomes disturbingly clear that Clark is himself exploiting his young people, ogling their unblemished bodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
July 12, 2001
There's nothing shocking anymore about [Clark's] zit-pocked brand of titillation.
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 12, 2001
The movie's brew of exploitation and guilt is messagey in the worst way.
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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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 9, 2001
The acting is hypnotically good.