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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.
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.
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.
Christian Science Monitor
The movie's somber message is worth heeding, and the acting is mostly excellent.
Miami Herald
There's a terrible beauty to the work of Larry Clark, the controversial photographer turned filmmaker, that transcends chic nihilism.
Boston Globe
Nothing new to say, and, in the end, no real point to make.
Entertainment Weekly
With its smooth skinned cast and demonized adults, doesn't feel very authentic.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago Tribune
Just withers compared with many older, better movies about teen alienation and nihilism, from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "River's Edge."
Whatever his intentions, Clark, in his third outing as a director, has come up with a film that is seriously flawed.

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