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  • Summary: A film based on the true story of the brutal 1993 murder of high school student Bobby Kent.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. 100
    Larry Clark's Bully calls the bluff of movies that pretend to be about murder but are really about entertainment. His film has all the sadness and shabbiness, all the mess and cruelty and thoughtless stupidity of the real thing.
  2. 80
    The tone -- a combination of earnestness and gallows humor -- is strangely appropriate.
  3. That the actors can work under such scrutiny is amazing, and they are superb. The standout is Brad Renfro as Marty, the kid most under the thumb of the neighborhood bully.
  4. It feels like a peek into the closet of a pedophile and it's genuinely discomforting.
  5. 40
    Oddly, Bully's only moments of power come at the film's end, after the crime takes place.
  6. Whatever his intentions, Clark, in his third outing as a director, has come up with a film that is seriously flawed.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    10
    By turns turgid, embarrassing and plain off-putting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. RobertN.
    Aug 11, 2008
    10
    I followed the court case and i feel although the characters might not have been portrayed as they looked and for the most part as they felt. Larry Clark did a wonderful job making them real. Every actor and actress in that movie was amazing. I am sorry to see so called "movie critics" cant see that Expand
  2. LP.
    Jan 30, 2007
    8
    Pretty good, VERY disturbing movie. Though the literary license adds/omits various realities, and many people criticize the film for this...one cannot deny how close to true this scenario is. Expand
  3. Dr.S.
    Mar 12, 2007
    8
    I still find this story fascinating and disturbing. The movie did give some gratuitous "clark" shots, but face up; some teens drink, do drugs and have sex. South Florida has been a decadent wonderland since Jackie Gleason owned Miami Beach. Factor in our greed-driven economy which forces a two-parent income and then wonder why there is no teen supervision. The gloss of the movie combined with the grit of the true story makes this flick get your attention! Expand
  4. DerekF.
    Jul 31, 2006
    7
    I feel this movie was pretty wacked. It made you think, that there are people out there who are capable of killing someone just because they can't take thier abuse. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2014
    6
    Bully is intriguing, and the script is pretty razor sharp. The acting is surprisingly good, and the story moves smoothly. Where the movie fails is its plot holes and overused sex scenes. You'd be hard pressed to find a scene in this movie where someone isn't naked. Expand
  6. TealH.
    Jul 11, 2007
    3
    While it's true that Bully resembles some of the nitty gritty stuff of angsts working class teens, the myriad of flaws tip the scales and make the movie just awful. I expected MUCH better acting from Brad Renfro, who I'm usually a huge fan of. If someone had told me that this film was made by a couple of freshman college film students, I'd believe it unquestioningly. Creepy, often dull, and if it makes any sense, this movie is just plain senselessly mean. No chemistry between characters, no suspense, no point. Expand

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