Bully (2012)

Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hard-hitting and gracefully filmed, Bully powerfully delivers an essential message to an audience that may not be able to see it.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

For a film that understandably only scratches the surface of its topic, Bully carries a devastating emotional punch.

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Lynden Barber

There are some powerful moments here in a film that will give many food for thought.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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?

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Eleanor Ringel Cater
Saporta Report (Atlanta)

Bully seems a bit of a bully itself. Raw footage trumps raw feelings. Yet Bully is compelling

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"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.

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Sr. Rose Pacatte
National Catholic Reporter

The isolation and loneliness of these children and the merciless bullying by other children will break your heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
One of the more corrosive deterrents to America's education system has to be bullying, which has becoming an increasingly dangerous public mental health… More
Sunny Dogra
"Bully" is an extremely well crafted and well directed film. The protagonists' stories are heartbreaking, but the film is a bit incomplete. I… More
Carlos Magalh„es
An important doc focusing on an enraging matter that has always been a very serious problem in schools. Still, it could have been better edited to have those… More
Idrees Khan
A much needed wake-up call that provides insight regarding the current state of bullying in the education system. Well executed and should come as a slap in… More
Josh Lewis
This film should be mandatory viewing for not only kids in the age group where bullying is prevalent, but EVERYONE ELSE involved or uninformed about just how… More
Everett Johnson
"Bully" is an amazing documentary about the bullying problem here in the United States. It follows a couple kids who are bullied, a girl who brought… More