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Bully Reviews

April 6, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 30, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
September 6, 2001
Closer to teen pornography than to teen tragedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 17, 2001
Neither killers nor victim are drawn from life, just from lurid teen-exploitation pictures past.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
August 2, 2001
Attention must be paid, because this story of middle-class suburban teens who murder one of their own is all true.
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.
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.
July 20, 2001
Some call it realism; I'd call it exploitation.
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
July 19, 2001
Fixated on young flesh, it never really get us inside the skins it keeps stripping naked.
July 16, 2001
A riot of sleazy camera moves, bad acting, and maladroit profane dialogue.
July 13, 2001
An honest piece of work by a filmmaker who has found his level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 13, 2001
Brilliantly unsettling.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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
July 12, 2001
There's nothing shocking anymore about [Clark's] zit-pocked brand of titillation.
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.
July 12, 2001
The movie's brew of exploitation and guilt is messagey in the worst way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 10, 2001
Even more voyeuristic than Kids.
July 9, 2001
The acting is hypnotically good.