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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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.