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Bully Reviews

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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-
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
March 27, 2012
Leaves us moved by poignant scenes of victims' shattered lives, but, for reasons unclear, keeps the bullies themselves largely out of our reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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+
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Alonso Duralde
March 30, 2012
This is the kind of subject matter that can be enraging or moving in the hands of the right director, but Hirsch fails to connect with either the heart or the head.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 12, 2012
There's nothing surprising or provocative in the film, which seems to want to reassure us when it should want to tick us off.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
April 12, 2012
Tackles a worthy subject and has its heart in the right place, but it's still highly problematic for a variety of reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
April 12, 2012
Hirsch never interviews the bullies or their parents, taking necessary steps to drill to the root of the problem. The perspective remains with the victim alone, losing the dimension of the examination.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peter Sobczynski
April 12, 2012
A maddeningly unfocused work that squanders a potentially powerful subject with a half-hearted approach that hardly does it justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 6, 2012
"Bully" isn't a very good documentary. The free 'It gets better' campaign on Youtube is far more effective.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2012
Bullying is a serious problem, too serious to get perfunctorily glossed over, which is what "Bully" does. The intent is admirable, the execution is not.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
April 27, 2012
more substantial content on this topic unveiled via CNN news stories.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Doesn't dig any deeper than surface-level pathos and cheap shots at school administrators.
Michelle Alexandria
Eclipse Magazine
April 22, 2012
The filmmakers do not show all sides of the issue and it doesn't go far enough. It doesn't help that the subjects are a bit bland and the only non-white student represented is a black teenager in Juvi? Really?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
April 13, 2012
Hirsch seldom gets face time with any bullies or their parents, and he tends to ignore the complicated social and psychological patterns that feed the problem.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
April 12, 2012
There's room for debate, and Bully, a well-intentioned but ultimately shallow exploration of an age-old dilemma, doesn't seem to want to engage in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 25, 2012
The film has its powerful moments and its heart is certainly in the right place, but as a whole it feels too narrow in its focus, sacrificing the larger context for a sense of intimacy whose state-the-obvious dividends run out fairly early.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Fear
Time Out
March 27, 2012
Suddenly, the sneaking suspicion that you've merely been watching an extended PSA for the grassroots organization (Stand for the Silent) starts to take hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
March 30, 2012
Bully feels too diffuse and simplistic to really do this topic justice.
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