Bully Reviews

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April 13, 2012
Bully" is smart and compassionate about the pain of its wounded subjects and the frustration felt by their parents, seemingly abandoned by the system. What the powerful film lacks is insight into bullying.
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.
April 13, 2012
For a film that understandably only scratches the surface of its topic, Bully carries a devastating emotional punch.
April 13, 2012
It would have been nice if the film had reflected its title a bit more and looked at the bullies themselves - what drives one kid to torture another? Is it a reaction to home life, is it fear, is it innate awfulness?
April 13, 2012
"Bully" is a good start to a necessary conversation, but its loving voice is likely to be drowned out by haters who hide their own wounded hearts behind Internet pseudonyms and broadcast microphones.
April 12, 2012
"Bully" presents so many devastating moments that it's hard to pick the most powerful one.
April 12, 2012
"Bully" doesn't need research or great filmmaking or narrative focus, per se. It needs only the shaming power of its relentlessness and a young audience open to sharing in that shame.
April 12, 2012
A deeply moving but highly selective look at the effects of bullying on children and teenagers.
April 12, 2012
The best Hirsch's film can do, in the end, is remind us that bullying means more than we admit, and its effects aren't always immediately clear, even to loved ones.
April 12, 2012
Heartbreaking as these stories are, "Bully" is too narrow in scope to be anything approaching definitive. Most notably absent from the film are the bullies themselves.
April 12, 2012
Bully doesn't offer solutions, it raises awareness, and does so remarkably well.
April 12, 2012
We feel sympathy for the victims, and their parents or friends, but the film helplessly seems to treat bullying as a problem without a solution.
April 11, 2012
It presents a dramatic case for creating supportive communities that will stand up to those being bullied in the world. Now the onus is on all of us to play our part in making it happen.
April 6, 2012
Tackles this headline-heavy topic by mixing moments of raw emotional power with intervals of somewhat suspect manipulation.
April 5, 2012
Hirsch's documentary truly shocks by the two sets of outrageous bureaucrats it exposes: one cowers on-screen, and the other hides in the offices of the MPAA, America's movie censor.
April 5, 2012
There's no doubt 'Bully' should be required viewing in every classroom in America
April 1, 2012
What Bully does is offer viewers the potential to connect a growing network of like-minded people, and does so with elegant storytelling.
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.
March 30, 2012
The best social documents on film do more than show you what's wrong in the world - they make it personal. Bully does that with a passion.
March 30, 2012
Should be considered required viewing for every parent, teacher and teenager in America.
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