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Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark, who made a controversial feature debut with the disturbing drama Kids, returns with another disquieting look at amoral and sexually precocious youth. Bobby (Nick Stahl) is a high school student growing up in southern Florida in the early '90s. Bobby is also a borderline psychotic; he frequently lashes out with brutal violence against those around him and especially enjoys humiliating his best friend Marty (Brad Renfro). While Bobby professes to hate and fear homosexuals, he goads Marty into performing phone sex with men, makes Marty and his friends… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...an exploitation teen movie in the pejorative sense of the word."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A bit long and repetitive."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"hose involved in the real life story this film is based on should be disgusted -- for both sides were truly cheated out of the respect they deserved."
‑ Heather Wadowski, Film Threat
"Bully is a well-made film about an ugly incident. It deserves to be seen."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Whatever the motivations are that fuel director Clark, his movie can't be so easily dismissed as trash."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Much too concerned with flashing nude scenes of its barely legal cast to make a point or unfold a story."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"An extremely disturbing tale of escalating peer pressure."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"Thanks, Larry Clark, for this festering little slice of suburban life: a perfect respite from 2001's summer of predictable Hollywood programming."
‑ David Williams, Film Threat
"The first 45 minutes or so of Bully is so similar to Kids, with the teens doing absolutely nothing except having sex and getting high, that it almost negates the effectiveness of the rest of the film."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's Larry Clark who's the bully, a cinematic bovver boy who just can't help himself."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Clark is not a moralist, which is good, but he is not much of a dramatist either. You get the impression that the fascination with youth in his movies, just like in his photos, provides an excuse for voyeurism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"'Bully' demands attention for the way in which it forces us to watch and digest a dark slice of American society. American beauty this ain't."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"A brutal, though darkly humorous film."
‑ Brian Walker, ViewLondon
"This time tough, as Clark indulges once more in voyeuristically displaying underage sexuality and amoral behaviour, I can't let it pass."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"La cinta peca en crudeza y no logra verosimilitud. Bully no alcanza la infame pero gloriosa fama de Kids."
‑ Luis Martinez, Cinenganos
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