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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. 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

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