The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's tender, humane and funny and superbly acted; a simple but affecting parable about experiencing life to the fullest.
Three days after viewing, the film's questioning generosity and sense of perspective will still be knocking around your head.
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.
A touching gem of a movie largely thanks to subtly dynamic performances from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.
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.
Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.
Formulaic but uplifting, positive and accessible.
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.
Few movies are so frank about the sexual mechanics of the disabled ...
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
For the most part, an authentically subversion take on fringe sexuality.
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.
A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
The laughs are always gentle, which is descriptive of the film as a whole, as it strives to reconnect cinematic sex with shared humanity.
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
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.