With its lingering shots of naked teenage bodies, Bully feels more sordidly exploitative than realistic.
The moral wasteland of suburban youth has been examined, earlier and better, in The River's Edge. Clark's leering leads nowhere: In Bully, he has nothing new to say, and, in the end, no real point to make.
Globe and Mail
Neither killers nor victim are drawn from life, just from lurid teen-exploitation pictures past.
...an exploitation teen movie in the pejorative sense of the word.
Clark's probing camera leers, but it also reflects truth, providing visions of a hard reality most of us would be unable to comprehend and unwilling to face.
Dallas Morning News
Attention must be paid, because this story of middle-class suburban teens who murder one of their own is all true.
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.