Bully Reviews

  • Jul 07, 2019

    Although it did feel like more of a creative feature then the usual ‘based on a true story' type, I think that's what made it so well done. Plus, most of the shocking parts that I thought might of just been added by the filmmaker to create more drama was actually stuff that actually went down apparently. A crazy ride that mixes disturbing with hints of humor and arthouse. Recommend for sure

    Although it did feel like more of a creative feature then the usual ‘based on a true story' type, I think that's what made it so well done. Plus, most of the shocking parts that I thought might of just been added by the filmmaker to create more drama was actually stuff that actually went down apparently. A crazy ride that mixes disturbing with hints of humor and arthouse. Recommend for sure

  • May 14, 2019

    Pretty well done (even if so much skin not necessary to story). 3 stars out of 4, so, 3.75 out of 5. (Blobbo do math.)

    Pretty well done (even if so much skin not necessary to story). 3 stars out of 4, so, 3.75 out of 5. (Blobbo do math.)

  • Apr 18, 2019

    Group of too old for school of thugs murder a young homosexual. Then spin the story that he was a bully to cover their crime and mitigate their sentences. The maker of this film seems to harbor guilt about his own latent feelings. Posit the "bully" was guilty of things claimed by this gang of drug addled miscreants. Nothing he did, warranted summary execution. This sounds like a Matthew Shepard-like scenario. It is a much more common occurrence than is widely thought. The movie seems to come to the defence of the murderers making them seem like the victims. The production is definitely told from a strictly heterosexual point of view as it glamourizes the conspiratorial murder of one gay miscreant by his "breeder friends"

    Group of too old for school of thugs murder a young homosexual. Then spin the story that he was a bully to cover their crime and mitigate their sentences. The maker of this film seems to harbor guilt about his own latent feelings. Posit the "bully" was guilty of things claimed by this gang of drug addled miscreants. Nothing he did, warranted summary execution. This sounds like a Matthew Shepard-like scenario. It is a much more common occurrence than is widely thought. The movie seems to come to the defence of the murderers making them seem like the victims. The production is definitely told from a strictly heterosexual point of view as it glamourizes the conspiratorial murder of one gay miscreant by his "breeder friends"

  • Apr 06, 2019

    This is my favorite movie. Incredibly intense, Brad Renfro's performance is astonishing. The whole cast is fantastic too, for that matter. Several graphic scenes that can be difficult to watch, but it is certainly worth it.

    This is my favorite movie. Incredibly intense, Brad Renfro's performance is astonishing. The whole cast is fantastic too, for that matter. Several graphic scenes that can be difficult to watch, but it is certainly worth it.

  • Sep 13, 2018

    Bully is a film that walks a razor-thin line between gritty drama and sleazy exploitation. It's not a comfortable viewing. In fact, it may stay with you long after watching it because it is a very grim and frank study into the minds of troubled youth, empty existences with no future, living day to day by thriving only on vices and impulses, peer pressure, and the ugly truths about violence and vengeance. The story is inspired/loosely based on the real life 1993 murder of Bobby Kent by his friends because of the way he treats them. He is verbally abusive, physically abusive, exploits others for his own gain, and is also a rapist. Leading the charge is a girl named Lisa, the girlfriend of Bobby's longtime friend, Marty Puccio. Since Marty is unable to break away from Bobby, she comes up with the idea to kill Bobby, which slowly begins to snowball by recruiting other friends and a wannabe hitman. Egging each other on, they set their deadly plan into motion. None would do this by themselves, but with the peer pressure echo chamber enclosing them, anything becomes possible. Make no mistake, Bobby Kent is a vile bastard of a character - completely and utterly loathsome. However, his "friends" are not exactly winners, either. There's nobody you can call particularly likable, which will make this film a hard viewing for a lot people (People who pan a film solely because there are no likable characters...even if that was the point of the film). Sure, Bobby's done some vile things, but it seems that their actions aren't just revenge against him, but against society and how they feel their lives have turned out. He becomes the representation of all that they feel is wrong in their lives ("He's the source of everybody's problems," says Lisa at one point). I found the film to be a gripping, harrowing look into wasted lives, the ugliest aspects of peer pressure, and the grim nature of murder and the aftermath. Bully will also be an assault on your thoughts in other ways, with its unflinching depictions of graphic sex scenes and nudity (There's a crotch shot of the character Ali, that makes the famous Sharon Stone crotch shot in Basic Instinct look G-rated by comparison), abundant drug use, and visceral violence in more ways than one (Such as Marty's reaction to Ali saying she's pregnant and won't get an abortion, to which he grabs her so hard, he leaves bruises). It's an ugly and grim viewing, but a very visceral and engaging one nonetheless. It can rivet you, offend you, or you may find it to be trash masquerading as art. I think Bully is fantastic and Larry Clark's best film.

    Bully is a film that walks a razor-thin line between gritty drama and sleazy exploitation. It's not a comfortable viewing. In fact, it may stay with you long after watching it because it is a very grim and frank study into the minds of troubled youth, empty existences with no future, living day to day by thriving only on vices and impulses, peer pressure, and the ugly truths about violence and vengeance. The story is inspired/loosely based on the real life 1993 murder of Bobby Kent by his friends because of the way he treats them. He is verbally abusive, physically abusive, exploits others for his own gain, and is also a rapist. Leading the charge is a girl named Lisa, the girlfriend of Bobby's longtime friend, Marty Puccio. Since Marty is unable to break away from Bobby, she comes up with the idea to kill Bobby, which slowly begins to snowball by recruiting other friends and a wannabe hitman. Egging each other on, they set their deadly plan into motion. None would do this by themselves, but with the peer pressure echo chamber enclosing them, anything becomes possible. Make no mistake, Bobby Kent is a vile bastard of a character - completely and utterly loathsome. However, his "friends" are not exactly winners, either. There's nobody you can call particularly likable, which will make this film a hard viewing for a lot people (People who pan a film solely because there are no likable characters...even if that was the point of the film). Sure, Bobby's done some vile things, but it seems that their actions aren't just revenge against him, but against society and how they feel their lives have turned out. He becomes the representation of all that they feel is wrong in their lives ("He's the source of everybody's problems," says Lisa at one point). I found the film to be a gripping, harrowing look into wasted lives, the ugliest aspects of peer pressure, and the grim nature of murder and the aftermath. Bully will also be an assault on your thoughts in other ways, with its unflinching depictions of graphic sex scenes and nudity (There's a crotch shot of the character Ali, that makes the famous Sharon Stone crotch shot in Basic Instinct look G-rated by comparison), abundant drug use, and visceral violence in more ways than one (Such as Marty's reaction to Ali saying she's pregnant and won't get an abortion, to which he grabs her so hard, he leaves bruises). It's an ugly and grim viewing, but a very visceral and engaging one nonetheless. It can rivet you, offend you, or you may find it to be trash masquerading as art. I think Bully is fantastic and Larry Clark's best film.

  • Jul 23, 2018

    Larry Clark does it again with this powerful film.

    Larry Clark does it again with this powerful film.

  • Jun 09, 2018

    Could have been amazing. About teens for teens #heathers

    Could have been amazing. About teens for teens #heathers

  • Apr 09, 2017

    A movie about really apathetic drugged out kids who think life is like a video game. Extremely well done by Clark. Scary and mesmerizing. Not for everyone though. Very dark and disturbing. See Brad Renfro and Michael Pitt in their first movies. Wonderful actors. One of my all time favorites.

    A movie about really apathetic drugged out kids who think life is like a video game. Extremely well done by Clark. Scary and mesmerizing. Not for everyone though. Very dark and disturbing. See Brad Renfro and Michael Pitt in their first movies. Wonderful actors. One of my all time favorites.

  • Mar 24, 2017

    Brutal, Riveting and Disturbing. Man is it good though.

    Brutal, Riveting and Disturbing. Man is it good though.

  • Sep 22, 2016

    The most disturbing truth of teenage murders. Not since Natural born Killers have I had this feeling of regret of watching brutal Snuff film. A little too much nudity even for R rating.

    The most disturbing truth of teenage murders. Not since Natural born Killers have I had this feeling of regret of watching brutal Snuff film. A little too much nudity even for R rating.