... serves as a call to action against abuse of students by their peers as it follows, over the course of a year, five sobering case histories of unrelenting schoolyard persecution.
—Ronnie Schieb Variety
An intimate reflection on the bullying epidemic that makes its points quietly and succinctly.
—David Rooney Hollywood Reporter
It's powerful stuff, and probably a more effective approach than a series of talking heads decrying bullying, which is estimated to affect 18 million American children.
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
It has a clear and calm approach to storytelling and some interest in the quality of its handheld images.
—Benjamin Mercer Village Voice
There are many appalling moments witnessed and described in Lee Hirsch's documentary Bully: children beaten and humiliated, ostracized by their peers and misunderstood by their parents, left to face an apparently heartless world without a soul to turn to.
—Sam Adams Onion AV Club
...leaves us moved by poignant scenes of victims' shattered lives, but, for reasons unclear, keeps the bullies themselves largely out of our reach.
—Kalvin Henely Slant Magazine