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.
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.
| Original Score: 4.0/5
It's unlike any movie you'll see this year, dealing with delicate subject matter in a refined way.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
What stirs you most is the effortless way Hawkes is able to convey Mark's compassion for people far more fortunate than himself.
| Original Score: A
Strong central performances and an endearing premise smooth over some of the more jagged edges of the script.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
...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.
An unexpected gem: candid, touching and funny.
The Sessions proves unusually candid in its matter-of-fact attitude to both sex and nudity.
| Original Score: 3/5
(... ) a remarkable film about disability, incapacity and the joy of freedom in the most impossible of situations.
This funny, moving, beautifully acted movie avoids numerous pitfalls.
Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.
It's Hawkes's portrayal, in all its wit, intelligence and childlike naivety, that really captures the heart.
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.
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.
The movie becomes a touching, often funny portrayal of sex as a form of kindness and human contact.
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.
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.
The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.
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.