Rated PG-13 · 99 minutes · 2012

We are spared graphic violence and severe emotional distress in Bully, but the impact is not muted by the decision to tone it down. The helplessness of the victims permeates every scene, so the documentary still carries a lot of weight. However, like other recent socially heavy nonfiction films (Waiting for “Superman,” for one), the power of the message is stronger than the overall quality of the film. It fails in presenting a true course of action, although on the basis of opening lines of communication, Bully could be a life-saving conversation starter. The film went through a serious round of ratings controversy, but it is now PG-13, meaning it can be seen by the audiences that need to see it most.

See our full review: Shining a Light

Shining a Light

'Bully'—controversial before it was released—tells heartbreaking stories about a big problem »

Official Site: thebullyproject.com
Director: Lee Hirsch
Producer: Cynthia Lowen, Lee Hirsch and Cindy Waitt



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The Coast Halifax A bruising Bully Documentary reveals issue without offering easy answers by Jacob Boon 04/26/2012
Memphis Flyer For the Kids Lightning-rod doc Bully tackles a tough, sensitive subject. by Greg Akers 04/26/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Getting on the bus A look behind the scenes with Bully's CC-alum filmmaker. by Jason Notte 04/18/2012
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Charleston City Paper Bully is a true-life horror story with many monsters Bully has every element of a modern horror story. Sympathetic, persecuted victims, sadistic monsters, and even a deceptively banal setting, the sterile cinderblock hallways and asphalt playgrounds are where its tales of terror unfold. by Felicia Feaster 04/18/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Think of the children: Bully It was crucial that this film be accessible to teenagers, backers insisted, presumably because it was meant for that audience. Except that it's not. by Scott Renshaw 04/18/2012

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