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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 America's bullying crisis. Bully follows five kids and families over the course of a school year. Stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"For a film that understandably only scratches the surface of its topic, Bully carries a devastating emotional punch."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"A crock of bull by a director more interested in exploiting the subject than exploring it."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"A difficult film with no real answers to the dilemmas it poses..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This documentary asks more questions than it answers, but what Bully clearly demonstrates is that no one should suffer in silence."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"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 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
"There's no arguing with Hirsch's message, but in order for his film to make the necessary impact, it must be mandatory viewing in every school -- for faculty and administration as well as for students."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"An intense look at bullying from the perspective of the victims."
‑ Clay Cane, BET.com
"Is it fair to criticize a documentary for being too persuasive when the subject matter is not only genuinely tragic - and tragically widespread - but also so rarely brought into the public domain? That's the question I struggle with."
‑ Patrick Kolan, Shotgun Critic
"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 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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"One of the ten best films of 2012."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Rage Monthly
"Bully is not perfect, but everyone should see it."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Bully is all heart, no brain - which makes it an easily palatable doc to sit through."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
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