Shortbus (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Shortbus (2006)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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. more
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Cameron Mitchell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 13, 2007
Box Office: $1.9M
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PJ DeBoy
as Jamie
Daniela Sea
as Little Prince
Alan Mandell
as Tobias, the Mayor
Adam Hardman
as Jesse, the John
Ray Rivas
as Shabbos Goy
as Bitch
Reg Vermue
as The Albino
Eric Gilliland
as Eric Gilliland
Jonathan Caouette
as Blondie-Grabber
Justin Bond
as Himself
Yolanda Ross
as Faustus
The World Famous *Bo...
as The World Famous *Bo...
Dirty Martini
as Dirty Martini
Bradford Scobie
as Dr. Donut
Murray Hill
as Murray Hill
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Critic Reviews for Shortbus

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (43)

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.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 11, 2013

Genuinely enlivening

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Shortbus flips through varying moods with overall success, fleshing out the characters who show flesh.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

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.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007

Audience Reviews for Shortbus

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 prurience or lust. In fact, such sentiments would be missing the point entirely. It's a brave and brash film about sexuality and relationships that makes one wonder -- why hasn't a film like this been made before?

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Okay, honestly, I feel like the sex scenes were put there just to be titillating. Not effective.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


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 Sook-Yin Lee) turns up at Shortbus - a sex club named after the little school buses, filled with "the challenged and the gifted," says the host - the content makes sense, and the almost-story begins to take shape as she and the other characters look for that perfect chemistry, however weird that may be. Mainly, I think this is a film about facing your biggest sexual difficulties straight-on, and by the end, it pulled me in, and the content didn't shock me anymore. A tough watch, borderline pornographic in the beginning, but a film with a big heart that I wound up understanding... more or less. There are some story holes. Decent, though.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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