• R, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Lewin
    In Theaters:
    Oct 19, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 12, 2013
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures

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The Sessions Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2013
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It's tender, humane and funny and superbly acted; a simple but affecting parable about experiencing life to the fullest.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Paul Fairclough
Little White Lies

Three days after viewing, the film's questioning generosity and sense of perspective will still be knocking around your head.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2013
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

A touching gem of a movie largely thanks to subtly dynamic performances from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2013
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

January 16, 2013
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2013
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Formulaic but uplifting, positive and accessible.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2013
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

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 Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

January 14, 2013
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

Few movies are so frank about the sexual mechanics of the disabled ...

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 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 Source: JWR | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 12, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2013
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

For the most part, an authentically subversion take on fringe sexuality.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

January 7, 2013
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman

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 Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 4, 2013
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

January 4, 2013
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 4/4

December 14, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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 Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 11, 2012
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters

Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.

Full Review Source: PopMatters

December 8, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A movie about sex that shows a whole lot of sex, but isn't sex-obsessed. The Sessions grabs you in the heart rather than the loins.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 30, 2012
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