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Bully

2001
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 48m
After finding himself at the constant abuse of his best friend Bobby, Marty has become fed up with his friend's twisted ways. His girlfriend, a victim of Bobby's often cruel ways, couldn't agree more and they strategize murdering Bobby, with a group of willing and unwilling participants in a small Florida town. In the midst of their plotting, they find themselves contemplating with the possible aftermath of what could happen. (imdb)
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Bully

2001
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 48m
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Rated 19 Jun 2020
67
53rd
There are very very very few movies that treat murder like, oh, I don't know, murder. Maybe spent a little too much time validating their desires and then fell into what is the basic outro of every heist movie where people ruin everything because of sheer stupidity after the fact. Abrasively unpleasant. Larry Clark doesn't really do comedies, does he?
Rated 21 Feb 2014
10
96th
Bully is about the disconnect between an action and its consequences, and the film follows a slacker group who appears to be stupid by choice. As a group, they commit a crime no member would be capable of committing individually - this is made clear by the end. They are aimless, without upward mobility or resources, their parents are oblivious, they inhabit a moral cesspool, and freedom means being able to smoke weed and drive a car around strip malls and fast food joints. Florida is gross.
Rated 23 Nov 2009
90
93rd
I don't think it would be saying too much, if I call this uncomfortable viewing. You'd expect nothing less from Larry Clark, and yet, you'll wouldn't expect something quite as unpleasant as this. Why Nick Stahl isn't a bigger star is simply a mystery - as overlooked as the equally great - tragically late: Brad Renfro.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
Great acting and a very dark story make for an unforgettable film. Granted, Larry Clark is a bit of a perv, and lingers perhaps uncomfortably long on the often-nude bodies of his teenage leads, but its worth it to watch career-making performances from Renfro, Phillips, Stahl and Leo Kirkpatrick. Adults might hate to think this is realistic, but it is.
Rated 11 May 2017
97
99th
An underappreciated masterwork. Larry Clark was a perfect match for Schutze's scary true crime book. After hanging out with these teenagers from Florida whose reality is distorted by drugs, we see that these kids have become capable of committing despicable violence without realizing the seriousness of their actions and that dynamics within the group allow them to do so without caring or taking responsibility. The performances are fantastic, and the last act gets to me every time.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
3
28th
For a fun shocker, "accidentally" show your preteen this instead of the Tom Arnold comedy Big Bully!
Rated 01 Mar 2011
80
88th
Larry Clark knows his teens. He first showed us with the magnificent Kids and once again here with Bully. Being based on a true story only makes it even more tragic and Im just happy that Im not a part of the hot, boring Florida enviroment that these youngsters seems to grow up in. All of the actors does a great job depicting the adolescent, bored, marihuana smoking, horny teenager...
Rated 01 Mar 2007
70
82nd
Most interesting story, with great performances from most of the cast.
Rated 25 Jul 2009
80
88th
quite confronting because it is so real and believable
Rated 12 Jan 2015
85
67th
A true crime drama that really is all about the crime. There's no real desire from Larry Clark to give this a wider social context, beyond the most superficial hints, but I'm OK with that: as a look at one particular incident, it's devastating, dark viewing.
Rated 02 Jan 2009
50
15th
Most of the stars are for the cast, and I only know their good from other work. This is controversial now is it? Having a young cast wander around naked for half the time? My ass. Getting away with it at the end would have been controversial. Sorry for the spoiler. All this film left me with was a dislike for a very strange justice system (the sentences were HUGE, the defence lawyers must have sucked). Kids is a superior film
Rated 27 Sep 2008
70
39th
It feels like you are the one of those guys. But you're not sure what you should do. It's sort of perverted but devastating movie.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
0
0th
What a mongo film! I bet Larry Clark is a retarded, just like his characters.
Rated 19 Apr 2015
89
86th
Another beautiful dark movie with Brad Renfro.
Rated 22 Sep 2020
88
80th
What a fucking cast! Brad Renfro (RIP), Johnny from The Wire, the gay friend from Mean Girls, and the unfathomably talented Michael Pitt. This has the same guilty pleasure appeal to me as Degrassi (not that I've watched it in 10 years), but it's of a much higher caliber. I love that Ebert gave 4 stars. I've spent only a few hours in Hollywood, but Clark really nailed it. The uninspired monotone shopping centers, the screened in backyards surrounding a community pond, the shirtless breakfasts...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
87th
Very, very good. Crazy that this actually happened to someone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
30th
Some clever and interesting moments, and effective in creating a portrait of desperate and nihilistic youth. But on the whole it feels kind of sordid, and watching such idiotic, cruel, and pathetic youths wears at my patience.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
85th
A gritty and brutal film about a murder that oozes realism.
Rated 26 Feb 2021
75
69th
So I'm learning this was based on a true story or inspired by true events ? I don't know real life murder stories have a weird effect on me But This one just felt like I was watching a bad "Acid Trip"
Rated 01 Sep 2022
70
72nd
You might call it 00s white teen exploitation, but this actually is spot on portraying this abrasive, violent American culture of waste. Clark's eye for details is just brilliant, even if the scrips feels a little too expository. For all the brutal sex and violence scenes, my favorite is the one where Miner's character just tells everything, as if she was talking about a guy she kissed, about Bobby's murder in a sunny Florida day, to the chagrin of a friend.
Rated 03 Oct 2012
70
70th
Considering this is a true story it is especially chilling. Somewhat one sided portrayal of how a teen bully can alienate his friends and inspire murder. There are several great scenes of beautiful naked teenagers, but it is a backdrop for the plot to murder. It is hard to understand how these teenagers could be so cavalier about it, even though their victim is anything but innocent. The acting is rough around the edges, but is adequate. Bad Music. A sad story about teen violence and stupidity.
Rated 24 Aug 2013
70
19th
First ranking on August 24th, 2013: 74 Second ranking on March 28th, 2016: 70 Thoughts: By the time it got interesting, I was too distracted by better things to really concentrate. The first half of this movie is incredibly bad, INCREDIBLY bad.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
40
19th
A good idea, terrible execution. Holy shit did this drag on, and I don't believe a second of it really.
Rated 27 Mar 2013
70
51st
It's tacky, but worth it. Most revenge films ask whether the revenge is justified; Bully's focus is on the more interesting issue of paranoia among conspirators and the difficulty of keeping a secret even if it's for one's own good. (Rewatch Oct 2020: Forgot how intense Renfro is. If you are younger than these characters and wondering if the dialogue, attitudes, and personalities are realistic, this is roughly my generation & to a lesser extent my class, and I'd say so.)
Rated 08 Feb 2014
32
31st
Started off interesting but then drifted. Took too long to the murder by which time it had lost the impetus. Watching the kids fall apart afterwards was insightful.
Rated 25 Sep 2010
50
16th
This was trying way too hard to be shocking (which is a running theme with Clark who really likes young actors to be nude). I didn't care about anyone in this film probably because I felt almost all of them were annoying.
Rated 24 Feb 2014
36
1st
There's a somewhat intriguing film here about the detachment of young adults in middle-upper class parts of America, but this is a hell of a disastrous rendering of that. Even if this were a full blown parody (though it doesn't identify itself as one), these characters' actions and motivations still seem hugely questionable and moronic. I was flabbergasted at the retardation of these characters -- perhaps this is exactly what happened, but I doubt it would've happened like this.
Rated 07 Mar 2014
1
12th
It was an interesting story and premise but it's executed so poorly that you are just begging it to end. Acting is really spotty and uninteresting, you can tell how removed from youth the director is. Tries to be shocking but if you're reading this you've seen way worse.
Rated 27 Jul 2015
75
84th
It's no "Kids", but it's a poignant, complex, and hard-hitting film.
Rated 06 Nov 2018
70
77th
Quite the fucked up little story about Florida teen life, especially considering it's based on a true story. You will recognize quite a few faces who have gone on to further their careers. If you don't mind violence and nudity it is definitely worth a watch.
Rated 13 May 2019
0
2nd
'Hey look at these uncontrollable kids doing terrible things. Watch them have sex. Isn't this shocking?' That's Larry Clark in a nutshell. Well fuck you Larry. You've never said anything of substance about anything. You make vapid exploitation flicks, that are a fucking chore to sit through, and I'm not doing it anymore.
Rated 04 Oct 2020
80
60th
This movie leans into that examination of violence category where things are presented objectively at least I thought so. Some of the dialogue feels deliberately immature or outlandish. I say that because of how strangely people deliver their lines and such. It's hard to watch at times, pretty uncompromising as well but much less difficult to watch as oppose to "Kids" still pretty skeezy especially the gratuitous nudity. Its like mid tier in regards to filth but still very effective.
Rated 16 May 2023
67
61st
"What are you kids doing tonight?" It's got a serious structural flaw: namely, the decision to kill Bobby is an almost complete non sequitur. Still, Larry Clark achieves a lot of moments of total believability and reality, helped by an extremely talented cast. I like Clark's unaffected style, and it's the perfect antidote to Lars von Trier (who directed the flick I watched before this...gotta stop doing that...). For some amusement, look up the director's thoughts on working with Bijou Phillips.
Rated 16 Jul 2008
85
56th
Realistic at times, melodramatic at others.
Rated 11 May 2007
40
26th
Having hard time finding any deeper meaning in these kind of "white midde-class kids going/acting bonkers"-type of movies. One step down from a porno movie. Teen decadence in fantasy world.
Rated 20 May 2007
70
63rd
Interesting movie about a bunch of Florida youths who plan and execute the murder of a member of the group who has been bullying the others. Unnecessarily melodramatic at times, it's got some interesting camera work and still packs a visceral punch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
35th
Brutially real
Rated 14 Aug 2007
47
14th
I have to wonder if the character Rachel Miner is portraying is nude that much in her normal life (seriously, it feels like she's got more screentime naked than clothed). I'm not a big Larry Clark fan in the first place, and being based on a true story just makes this all the more sad (the tagline is right on)
Rated 14 Aug 2007
61
40th
A bad movie but one that I have a soft spot for
Rated 16 Sep 2007
75
79th
Hard to watch, but effective.
Rated 13 Oct 2007
10
0th
Completely undermined by its abased commitment to reveling in its own prurience.
Rated 28 Feb 2008
68
34th
This is a messed up film.
Rated 26 Mar 2008
58
32nd
sick movie! sick kids! almost a porn movie lol. insane penalties! 24 years for conspiracy.. in norway u get like 3 year for cold blooded murder. Same u get for stealing a tv in USA:P
Rated 16 Apr 2008
60
69th
Makes me rock hard!
Rated 04 Jul 2012
70
44th
69.500
Rated 16 Mar 2009
62
53rd
There was kind of the story, but all in all I have to say I do not fancy much of drug stories. Story of empty and meaningless teenage lives and their abyss deep distance from their parents. Kids tries to fulfill their days with sex, drugs and crusing around. Or bulling around. Towards the end the story become less interesting.
Rated 11 Mar 2010
55
19th
Based on a true story so you can't call it unrealistic. This is a pretty nihilistic little film that doesn't give any particular deeper message as to how and why the events are happening. At times it just feels like an exploitative exercise in violence with little redemptive value.
Rated 07 Jun 2010
34
22nd
Fuck YOU Michael Pitt.
Rated 25 Jun 2010
71
45th
there are some scenes in this movie that will stay with you for a while..the rape scene esp...the actors I thought were ok..the movie towards the end dragged...its still a decent movie
Rated 23 Sep 2010
5
42nd
Found it to be rather low brow. The dudes naked and people are plotting murder and nothing is really being taught. Meh.
Rated 26 Dec 2010
70
43rd
Fun to watch but man, what a bunch of miserable stupid fucks in this film.
Rated 26 Jun 2011
28
1st
what a stupid film.
Rated 22 Aug 2011
75
26th
The script and acting are lacking, but Larry Clark's fine direction makes up for it.
Rated 09 Sep 2011
40
27th
Over exaggerated. The lack of dynamics in pace is really annoying and completely damaging for the film as whole. This is just 5 or 6 kids yelling at each other for two hours. The ending, albeit being way too short, makes this an uneven affair, and not just a miserable one.

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