The Sessions (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sessions (2012)



Critic Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.

Movie Info

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. -- (C) Fox Searchlightmore
Rating: R (for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ben Lewin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2013
Box Office: $6.0M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Helen Hunt
as Cheryl
William H. Macy
as Father Brendan
Rhea Perlman
as Mikvah Lady
Blake Lindsley
as Dr. Laura White
Ming Lo
as Clerk
Paul Maclean
as Young Mark
Phoebe Lewin
as Girl on Beach
J. Teddy Garces
as Man in Elevator
Daniel Quinn
as E.R. Doctor
as Cat
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News & Interviews for The Sessions

Critic Reviews for The Sessions

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (47)

The Sessions is an unflinching, moving and often funny story about dignity and sexuality.

Full Review… | October 4, 2015
NUVO Newsweekly

It's all so plodding and beige, yet giving this movie a bad review is like kicking a kitten.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

The Sessions is a tender, well-intentioned examination of a disabled man exploring his sexual identity, but sometimes a film needs more than just good intentions.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

May sound like shameless Oscar-bait, but in truth the film is simpler than that, more small-scale, with a light and unpretentious sense of humor.

Full Review… | July 21, 2013

It's difficult not to be impressed with director and screenwriter Ben Lewin's ability to bring this distinctive and surprisingly emotional story to the big screen.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

It's unlike any movie you'll see this year, dealing with delicate subject matter in a refined way.

Full Review… | June 9, 2013
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for The Sessions


Despite its unnecessary ending (with a completely out-of-place narration), this is a compelling drama centered on fascinating characters - and most of its strong emotional power is due to Hawkes and Hunt, who should both win a million awards for their outstanding performances.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"The Sessions" is an engrossing drama about sex with amazingly fearless performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, in a career-best performance.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly good. Really expected this to be worthy and a bit of a yawner, but it's actually quite funny and sweet as well as sad. Performances are perfect.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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