Bully Reviews

  • This is an urgent and moral movie; there shouldn't be a puritanical roadblock standing between it and its audience.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • "Bully" forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children - who have their own problems, and their good sides as well - but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • An insightful and moving documentary.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It has a clear and calm approach to storytelling and some interest in the quality of its handheld images.

    Benjamin Mercer — Village Voice

  • Should be considered required viewing for every parent, teacher and teenager in America.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • What "Bully" says about our species is dismaying, if unsurprising ... What it says about some educators in positions of power is troubling.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It is hard to not respect anything that asks us to respect the stories of the dead, and asks us how we might help the living.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • [The directors] avoid charts and graphs, talking heads and sociology. Their approach is more direct and, perhaps, more effective.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Bully is less a checklist plan for eliminating abusive behavior than an emotionally powerful wake-up call for a society too long in denial.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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?

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • Lee Hirsch is certainly one who is making a difference. I endorse him and his brave, powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • It follows, over the course of a year, five sobering case histories of unrelenting schoolyard persecution.

    Ronnie Scheib — Variety

  • A powerful piece of work that might make a difference if enough people see it.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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