The Sessions Reviews

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Philip Concannon
The Skinny
January 17, 2013
Not only does it deal with sex in a straightforward manner, but it also deals with the equally sensitive themes of disability and religion, all of which writer/director Ben Lewin pulls off skilfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
January 17, 2013
The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
January 17, 2013
You could maybe see it working as a play, though the tactile detail of these scenes needs close-ups on the actors' faces to communicate what the transaction means to them both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
January 17, 2013
It's tender, humane and funny and superbly acted; a simple but affecting parable about experiencing life to the fullest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Fairclough
Little White Lies
January 17, 2013
Three days after viewing, the film's questioning generosity and sense of perspective will still be knocking around your head.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
January 16, 2013
The Sessions finally proves that Hollywood can take physical incapacity and/or sex far more seriously than it does the potential side effects of shooting so many people on screen so often.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
January 16, 2013
A touching gem of a movie largely thanks to subtly dynamic performances from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
January 16, 2013
Hugely enjoyable, warm-hearted and frequently laugh-out-loud funny disability drama with a superb script and a pair of terrific performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Guy Lodge
Time Out
January 15, 2013
Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
January 14, 2013
Formulaic but uplifting, positive and accessible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
January 14, 2013
In its barest form this is a traditional rites-of-passage yarn, dealing in first love and lost innocence, and even with a candid discussion of sex, it's mostly sweetness and light.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
January 13, 2013
Few movies are so frank about the sexual mechanics of the disabled ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 12, 2013
All thinking viewers will come away with a better understanding as to how the seemingly different amongst us are really just the one-in-the-same when getting up close and personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 8, 2013
Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
January 7, 2013
For the most part, an authentically subversion take on fringe sexuality.
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 4, 2013
The Sessions belongs completely to Hawkes, who disappears into the role of Mark O'Brien, delivering a stunning performance that illuminates what it means to be a whole person.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
January 4, 2013
A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
December 14, 2012
This is one of the best, and certainly one of the best-acted, films of the year. I can't think of another film that mixed compassion and carnality in such an eloquent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
December 11, 2012
The laughs are always gentle, which is descriptive of the film as a whole, as it strives to reconnect cinematic sex with shared humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
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