• Bully (2012)


Release Date: March 30th, 2012

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2013

PG-13 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Filmmaker Lee Hirsch examines five cases of youths who endure vicious persecution at the hands of their peers. Ja'meye, 14, winds up in reform school after pulling a gun on the youths who tormented her for years. Cameras record the abuse suffered by 14-year-old Alex as he's beaten and teased on the bus. Star athlete Kelby, 16, is ostracized and worse after she comes out as lesbian. Most tragic of all, two boys, one 17 and one 12, commit suicide to escape the torture.

Director: Lee Hirsch

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: The Bully Project

Keywords: Revenge , Underdog , 2000s , 2010s ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 65
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    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. show more

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