Shortbus (2006)

The film follows a varied group of seven people, among them a dominatrix and a sex therapist, as they navigate between the paths of sex and love in modern-day New York City.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The sex may be explicit, but Mitchell integrates it into the characters' lives and serves the whole story up with a generous dose of sweetness and wit.

Mark Bourne

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Wearing its controversy-courting eagerness to shock on its sleeve, the film aims to challenge taboos, but comes up short.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Those with small bus issues, cast aside your inadequacies and embrace the juicy pumping heart of this oddly sweet film.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

Ben Walters
Time Out

Few arthouse directors have put real sex to such narratively constructive and credibly, humorously human use.

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Tara Thorne
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

In Mitchell's casting-a roster of unknowns results in uneven performances that border on bad sometimes, yet he manages to keep it all on track.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It runs out of energy before the end.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

A film that's thoughtful and exuberant, achingly sad and wildly funny.

David Keyes

This isn't an exploit into pornographic ideals, but a movie with genuine ideas that are completely freed from political correctness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
If this firm didn't have considerable artistic and intellectual merit, it would be porn. But it does have merit and it has a LOT more to say than… More
Steven Carrier
If you go into "Shortbus" with only hearing about the graphic sex, you will be surprised to find that it's actually incredibly funny and… More
Jennifer Xu
Okay, honestly, I feel like the sex scenes were put there just to be titillating. Not effective.
Lady D'arbanville
Very controversial in content and a real mix of opinions on this film, first of course is does this count as pornography? Well it certainly is explicit and the… More
Daniel Perry
I nearly turned it off in the first 20 minutes. Shocking, graphic sex. But when the main character (a sex therapist who can't achieve orgasm, played by… More
Tim Salmons
Porn in disguise. Pssh.