Shortbus
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John Cameron Mitchell, who created a cult sensation as writer and director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, blazes a brave new trail with this comedy-drama which combines the stories of a handful of emotionally unsatisfied New Yorkers with some of the most explicit sexual material to ever appear in a mainstream motion picture. Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee) is a couples' therapist who has a major relationship problem of her own -- she's never had an orgasm, and her husband Rob (Raphael Barker) doesn't seem capable of giving her one. Sophia's clients include James and Jamie (Paul Dawson and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Shortbus is not, above all, 'dirty.' What it is, in fact, is a nice movie, one of the nicest to come down the pike since March of the Penguins."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"Wearing its controversy-courting eagerness to shock on its sleeve, the film aims to challenge taboos, but comes up short."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This isn't an exploit into pornographic ideals, but a movie with genuine ideas that are completely freed from political correctness."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Shortbus flips through varying moods with overall success, fleshing out the characters who show flesh."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Fetishists are people, too!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"One woman's quest for the perfect orgasm may strike sophisticated viewers as the stuff of sexual farce at best, but Sook-Yin Lee's Sofia brings both emotion and eroticism to the proceedings, and for this Mr. Mitchell should be commended."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Few arthouse directors have put real sex to such narratively constructive and credibly, humorously human use."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Genuinely enlivening"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"There may be a variety of erotic practices on parade here, but the film leaves viewers with few real insights into either human nature or sexuality."
‑ Anton Bitel, musicOMH.com
"The characters' lack of any real substance--it's really only all about attitude--make one gradually lose interest until the next in flagrante delicto moment."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It runs out of energy before the end."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A film that's thoughtful and exuberant, achingly sad and wildly funny."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"Director John Cameron Mitchell ("Hedwig and The Angry Inch") flaunts cinematic tradition with a raucous sex comedy filled with truly shocking sex acts that underscore his vision of New York as a playground of debauchery."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Incredibly sexy without being titilating, this is a very well crafted flick that deserves a bigger audience than it will inevitably receive."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"a project that has brains as well as bravado. It's also very funny, which helps to diffuse much of the nervousness that its graphic sex scenes might inspire in viewers. ...an imaginative, involving and ultimately touching story."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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