• Released
  • October 6, 2006
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Sex Comedy
  • 17 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Sex becomes a metaphor for life for a group of New Yorkers (Sook-Yin Lee, Paul Dawson).

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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
It's refreshing to see a non-mainstream movie that wears its heart and lust on its sleeve, and has anything but violence on its mind.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Mitchell's adventurous, big- hearted, pansexual mosaic of New Yorkers looking for love and orgasms (not necessarily in that order), is a...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In Shortbus, the impish writer-director John Cameron Mitchell does the unthinkable: He puts the joy back in movie sex.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Shortbus is, first and foremost, an experiment -- an accessible, audience-friendly movie about love and sex in which the screen doesn't...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
If there is such a thing as hard-core with a soft heart, this is it.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Some viewers will call the whole business pornography, though it doesn't really qualify. The sex is blunt and enthusiastic, but arousing it...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Shortbus is chipper, it's fresh, it emits a distinct musk of controversy. I'll take the longbus.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Shortbus suffers from a vague, ad lib-y script and a cast that, while hardly shy, isn't exactly charismatic.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film lacks the depth and discipline of Mitchell's first film venture, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which makes Shortbus a real...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.
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