Box Office - 03/29/2012 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]ffecting....Bolstered by poignant and relevant subject matter..."
Wall Street Journal - 03/29/2012
"The subjects of this valuable documentary are the bullied, those who suffer cruel and all-too-usual punishment in our middle schools and high schools for being different and defenseless."
USA Today - 03/30/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]nsightful and moving....By presenting an intimate glimpse into the dark heart of cruelty, the film hopes to inspire substantive discussion among parents, children and educators on how to deal with this dire and insidious problem."
Los Angeles Times - 03/30/2012
"BULLY has an emotional impact that must be viewed to be understood....The film's cumulative force is considerable..."
Hollywood Reporter - 03/28/2012
"Lee Hirsch's documentary is an intimate reflection on the bullying epidemic that makes its points quietly and succinctly."
Movieline - 03/29/2012
"BULLY cuts to the core of the way cruelty wounds these kids."
Rolling Stone - 04/12/2012 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Lee Hirsch's film is a potent and provocative look at a problem that's out of control....It's a heartfelt cry for help."
Entertainment Weekly - 04/06/2012
"BULLY is a portrait of good kids reduced to shells of themselves by a climate of hate and fear....This is an urgent and moral movie..." -- Grade: B+
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/11/2012 3 stars out of 4 -- "BULLY is a sincere documentary....We feel sympathy for the victims, and their parents or friends..."
At a point in time when bullying in America has reached epidemic proportions, Emmy-winning director Lee Hirsch invites viewers to spend a year in the lives of students and parents who contend with public torment and humiliation on a daily basis. By following the young victims from the classroom to their living rooms, we are given an intimate glimpse into the effects bullying has on their families and their developing sense of self-worth. Meanwhile, parents, administrators, and other students struggle to find a workable solution to the problem that will never go away unless we all stand up and face it eye to eye.