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  • Summary: John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus explores the lives of several emotionally challenged characters as they navigate the comic and tragic intersections between love and sex in and around a modern-day underground salon. The characters converge on a weekly gathering called Shortbus: a mad nexus of art, music, politics and polysexual carnality. Set in a post-9/11, Bush-exhausted New York City, Shortbus tells its story with sexual frankness, suggesting new ways to reconcile questions of the mind, pleasures of the flesh and imperatives of the heart. (ThinkFilm) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Shortbus is nothing if not over-the-top, replete with consummated sex acts, both gay and straight.
  2. 75
    Mitchell's adventurous, big- hearted, pansexual mosaic of New Yorkers looking for love and orgasms (not necessarily in that order), is a rare example of a nonporn film that doesn't exploit graphic sex as a gimmick.
  3. 75
    If there is such a thing as hard-core with a soft heart, this is it.
  4. The quest for sexual happiness is a radical notion in these repressive times, as well as a legitimate basis for storytelling, but Shortbus doesn't quite delve as deeply as it ought into its characters' emotions.
  5. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Shortbus tends to work better in its first, comic half, than in its second, more serious stretch, where the characters' trials and tribulations flirt with soap opera. The actors, formidable with their clothes off, aren't always as expressive fully dressed.
  6. The film lacks the depth and discipline of Mitchell's first film venture, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which makes Shortbus a real disappointment.
  7. Mitchell may be another Russ Meyer -- a dubious honor -- but he's no Tony Kushner.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 5 out of 36
  1. ScottF.
    Aug 2, 2007
    The wild and varied range of reactions elicited by this movie demonstrate that it does indeed strike a chord. Watch it and be moved.
  2. LeilaniL.
    Jan 30, 2007
    By far, the best movie I've seen in a couple of years! I read some of the message board reviews on IMDB and was shocked at the backlash from some viewers... Yes, there's real sex in the movie. Yes, it may come as a bit of a shock to most. But John Cameron Mitchell doesn't bring us porn, he brings us food for the mind and for the soul. Personally, I could find parallels between nearly all the characters and people in my life-- even in myself! The film wasn't about sex, but about the people we are and the people we aspire to be. I strongly believe that those who watch this film and can't focus on anything other than the sex are missing the focus and beauty of this film. Expand
  3. DanK.
    Oct 5, 2006
    One of my top 5 movie experiences!
  4. HalI.
    Jul 18, 2007
    Brilliant. When the Oscars are released from the grip of the radical right, a movie like this will win best picture. A masterpiece that blows the oscar victors of late out of the water. Expand
  5. Tim
    Oct 11, 2006
    The sex did not arouse me, but the quest for the meaning of it did.
  6. GreyW.
    Feb 18, 2007
    Cameron shows with touch and humour that sex cant do the the job alone. It also takes an invisible rubber band to your partners heart to make you happy. Applause for Cameron and the actors. Well done. Expand
  7. Dave
    Jan 12, 2007
    One of the worst movies I've seen this year. I really like "Hedwig and the Angry Inch", but this film was just too pretentious and over the top for me. Expand

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