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Based on 26 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The important thing is that Clark has found a new way to be creepy, which isn't easy. In the process he has created something irresistibly watchable, the kind of original piece that might mean less but reveal more than its creator intended. show more

  • 38
    USA Today

    One has to wonder about the mind-set of a middle-aged filmmaker who repeatedly seeks out material about amoral and promiscuous teenagers with little to say. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    My problem is that the lack of narrative structure deprives the film of any suspense, and without suspense the film eventually collapses from its own heat like a soufflé that has been in the oven just a few minutes too long. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Clark denies his audience the catharsis, resolution and renewal of classical tragedy. The film reduces its viewers to helplessness, and I'm not sure that's its intent. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie's somber message is worth heeding, and the acting is mostly excellent. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    There's a terrible beauty to the work of Larry Clark, the controversial photographer turned filmmaker, that transcends chic nihilism. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    Nothing new to say, and, in the end, no real point to make. show more

  • 38
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge." show more

  • July 28, 2008 RJ Erber
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    At once chilling and searing, a graphic account of dysfunctional youth at their worst. If you want to see betrayal, mayhem and murder, do not miss this.

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