88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The best social documents on film do more than show you what's wrong in the world – they make it personal. Bully does that with a passion.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The purpose of Bully is to educate and promote discussion. If the problem is not solved, there will be more Columbines and additional stories like Tyler and Ty's.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bully forces audiences to face actions that are unthinkable, inexcusable and excruciatingly sad. It offers no solutions, only the testimony of brave youths.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
All I can add to the discussion is the fervent hope that any parents, teachers, administrators or students who see it will immediately start clamoring for it to be shown at their next PTA meeting.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As long as the MPAA is issuing its cavalier decrees, though, they're the ones acting like bullies.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film's power is undercut by its narrow geographic focus, which seems to associate bullying with conservative or working-class areas in red states. The filmmakers could easily have found similar cases involving the children of urban sophisticates.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

An intimate reflection on the bullying epidemic that makes its points quietly and succinctly.
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65

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Bully is much better when it sticks to simple storytelling. And storytelling, not grandstanding, is the thing that just might grab the attention of, say, school administrators, people who can have some effect on how bullies are dealt with.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Bully contains some moments of real alarm and, in the school bus, one nightmarish motif.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Incredibly enough, it seems many people still believe that bullying is just a matter of "kids being kids." Until that attitude changes, this film should be considered required viewing for every parent, teacher and teenager in America.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.