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Bully Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Doesn't dig any deeper than surface-level pathos and cheap shots at school administrators.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
A crock of bull by a director more interested in exploiting the subject than exploring it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Rage Monthly
January 27, 2013
One of the ten best films of 2012.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 7, 2013
A difficult film with no real answers to the dilemmas it poses...
Clay Cane
December 14, 2012
An intense look at bullying from the perspective of the victims.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matt Neal
The Standard
October 18, 2012
Bully is not perfect, but everyone should see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
This documentary asks more questions than it answers, but what Bully clearly demonstrates is that no one should suffer in silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic
September 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Bully is all heart, no brain - which makes it an easily palatable doc to sit through.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
August 28, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: C+
August 25, 2012
What should have been blindingly effectual is lessened by - ironically - a lack of killer instinct.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tim Martain
The Mercury
August 24, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
August 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 18, 2012
Hirsch's treatment does not especially engage us nor allow an emotional connection - surprising, considering the subject matter
Simon Foster
August 3, 2012
[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.
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
July 15, 2012
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.
Simon Miraudo
June 10, 2012
It got fairly dusty fairly often for this critic, despite my misgivings about the picture's craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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