I wish this had been made so differently: interviews w/ the bullied, the bullies, and the bullies' parents. More about social media. Not having left out the details of Tyler Long's mental health battles. W/out details most of the bullying in Bully doesn't seem so bad (aside from Alex's story). Hirsch missed the opportunity to make those who minimize the issue, realize that "kids will be kids" doesn't fly. 3.5 stars
An affecting look at the catastrophe of bullying within the American school system. It's deeply frustrating to watch the sheer helplessness these kids live what should be the best time of their lives and the complete ineptitude of the people who are supposed to be their care-givers. Instead of offering hard solutions it posits itself as a call to action remaining focussed on the here and now. Good stuff! 4 stars
This was an absolute mess both in terms of filmmaking and exploring the subject at hand. A few decent scenes are featured, but barely any time was dedicated to actually looking into the problem of bullying (or talking to any bullies???) and at least five minutes of this were simply landscape shots or kids staring off into the distance. Let's not even talk about the out of focus camera work and staged sequences.