DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This is a character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the 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. Documentary provides an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices.


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Nov 04, 2014
  • real_thing rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

if the children r mean the parents must be idiots.

Aug 05, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

(In regards to this documentary) - When it came to the likes of bullying, I found it rather peculiar that director Lee Hirsch chose to zero-in on this vicious activity within the very boundaries of America's "Bible Belt" States.

Like (within this vast nation of the States), is this area of the USA really supposed to be where the most focused incidents of teen bullying is taking place? If this is so, then it certainly gave this viewer the impression that there actually might be a direct correlation between the act of bible-thumping and the desire to be a nasty, little bully.

Of course, there can be no denying that this decidedly cruel business of bullying is a mighty tough and touchy subject to tackle and deal with both in an objective and responsible manner.

For one thing, producing a documentary (like this one) that completely concentrates on the victims of this viciousness only results in an imbalanced viewpoint and doesn't offer one any reasonable solutions to the problem.

What a documentary of this one's nature really needs to do (and this one didn't) is to offer the viewer some clear insight into the motives of bullies and, with hidden cameras (of course, a big no-no), go into the homes of these bullying culprits to expose what it is there that breeds this sort of behaviour from behind closed doors.

Though I believe that this documentary was made with the very best of intentions in mind, one of Bully's main problems was its inability to hold its audience's rapt attention, throughout. If you were to show Bully to your teens, I really doubt that it would have enough clout to sustain their undivided interest for more than 15 minutes, at most.

Nov 08, 2013
  • re_discover rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The violence in this film is shocking. There is an obvious disconnect between the administration and the students.

Sep 23, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

Jul 08, 2013
  • lasertravis rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good documentary about a very big problem. I agree that it doesn't do much in the way of solving the issue, or even offering solutions to the problem, but it at least calls attention to it. Some of the footage is pretty disturbing. Bullying is a serious problem. I hope one day the people in charge of fixing it come up with a solution.

Mar 23, 2013
  • blueskies100 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Just more lip service on bullying and a simplistic, voyeuristic and slanted view. This documentary focuses only on specific groups of bullied children: special needs, transgendered, gay, etc. - all of them appear to be working class families. They do not delve into why the bullying occurs or interview the bullies. Interviews with the administration, the bus drivers, the parents of the bullies are missing. What about the bystanders, nope, hardly anything there either and they have the most power. What about showing programs that work to stop bullying? NOPE! Bullying can happen to ANY kid from ANY walk of life, I would like to see something finally happen about it but this movie is not the answer.

Feb 28, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great documentary that should be used has a tool to discuss with your young ones about what happens or what is being done to them and others in school/school yard/buses. Highly recommend.


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