• 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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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 Source: Twitch

July 21, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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 Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 4.0/5

June 30, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 9, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

What stirs you most is the effortless way Hawkes is able to convey Mark's compassion for people far more fortunate than himself.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: A

May 13, 2013
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Strong central performances and an endearing premise smooth over some of the more jagged edges of the script.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

March 21, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

Ben Lewin's The Sessions is an emotionally charged film with a smart sense of humor that'll have you tearing up from equal doses of laughter and drama.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2013
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

...é motivo de alegria perceber como um homem como Mark O'Brien conseguiu explorar a própria sexualidade mesmo enfrentando a mais brutal e cruel das amarras: não sua doença, mas a crença religiosa.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 4/5

February 18, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

An unexpected gem: candid, touching and funny.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 29, 2013

The Sessions proves unusually candid in its matter-of-fact attitude to both sex and nudity.

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

January 21, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

(... ) a remarkable film about disability, incapacity and the joy of freedom in the most impossible of situations.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 4/5

January 20, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

This funny, moving, beautifully acted movie avoids numerous pitfalls.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

January 20, 2013
Charlotte Ross
This is London

Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2013
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times

It's Hawkes's portrayal, in all its wit, intelligence and childlike naivety, that really captures the heart.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 18, 2013
Rich Cline

By taking a sensitive, honest approach to this true story, breakthrough filmmaker Lewin both avoids sentimentality and keeps the focus on the inner lives of the central characters.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 18, 2013
Alex Zane
Sun Online

It's a brave performance from Hunt, who spends much of the film entirely naked. Both her and Hawkes are brilliant in a movie that is a massively uplifting experience.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

January 17, 2013
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

The movie becomes a touching, often funny portrayal of sex as a form of kindness and human contact.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Hunt is a prodigy. No other actress could have brought such easeful transparency, such a glow of givingness, such heedlessness of glamour each time she strips naked.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Philip Concannon
The Skinny

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 Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

January 17, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

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
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