Rick McGinnis Reviews “Bully”

“The most heartbreaking scenes of the film, though, were the ones where poor Alex, as obvious a bullying victim as almost any kid who’d ever slouch through a school’s doors, haltingly tries to make friends with his bullies and whatever fellow student gets close to him.

As Hirsch’s camera follows him through the crowds of kids loitering between classes, he seems to be searching for a single sympathetic look or gap in the wall of antipathy or indifference, unaware that this show of desperation has made him an even riper target. I wished, for a moment, that I could have made him a gift of the hate that insulated me from the worst of my own bullying, or a bit of the sense of pride and superiority that was both a partial cause of it all and, ultimately, my means of escape.