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Critics Love 'Bully'

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After all the hoopla surrounding the rating of The Weinstein Company's new documentary Bully, and the outpour of support from celebs and brave young youths like Katy Butler, it is nice to see the film not only lives up to but seems to exceed the hype. See what some of the critics had to say below.

"Mr. Hirsch weaves together these stories with compassion and tact, and he wisely refrains from making scapegoats of the bullies who cause Alex, Ja’Meya, Tyler, Ty and Kelby so much pain. “Bully” forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children — who have their own problems, and their good sides as well — but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole." - NY Times

"The film, which tells the story of five victims of bullying, should be required  viewing for everyone ages 8 to 18. In fact, it  wouldn't hurt to make the documentary mandatory for parents, teachers and school officials as well." - USA Today

"Kelby, 16, is an athlete who comes out as gay, only to face being ostracized and run down by a car. Ja'Meya, 14, is so traumatized that she takes a gun onto her school bus to scare off bullies and faces 22 felony charges. The families of two suicides – one boy was 17, the other 11 – try to organize on a national level, pressing students and school officials to pull the issue out of dark corners and take a stand for the silent. As one parent says to a school official who tries to brush the topic away: 'You politicianed me.' Bully isn't politics. It's a heartfelt cry for help." - Rolling Stone

"Why are these kids targeted? Some of it is based on looks and prejudice, but much of it represents nothing more — or less — than the ostracization of those who are lonely or shy. They're viewed as "outsiders," and then vilified for it. Bully is a portrait of good kids reduced to shells of themselves by a climate of toxic hate and fear. There's only one thing missing from the movie, and that's an in-depth look at the bullies themselves. We're forced to guess at what has made them into junior sadists. My own conjecture is that their almost complete lack of empathy represents the channeling of a larger current of intolerance now at loose in the culture — the kind you see increasingly in politics, not to mention all over the Internet." - EW

"Still, the film's cumulative force is considerable, and, more than that, it shows the efficacy of a recent "I Stand for the Silent" campaign that encourages all kids to speak up when they see bullying taking place. Maybe, this film suggests, getting power to the powerless is not as impossible as it sounds." -LA Times

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