The Sessions (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.

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Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. -- (C) Fox Searchlight
Rating:
R (for strong sexuality including graphic nudity and frank dialogue)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Helen Hunt
as Cheryl
William H. Macy
as Father Brendan
Annika Marks
as Amanda
Adam Arkin
as Josh
Rhea Perlman
as Mikvah Lady
Blake Lindsley
as Dr. Laura White
Ming Lo
as Clerk
Paul Maclean
as Young Mark
Phoebe Lewin
as Girl on Beach
Jonathan Hanrahan
as Unicyclist
J. Teddy Garces
as Man in Elevator
Daniel Quinn
as E.R. Doctor
B.J. Clinkscales
as Ambulance
Terry
as Cat
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Critic Reviews for The Sessions

All Critics (190) | Top Critics (48)

Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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… | January 8, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.

Full Review… | November 23, 2012
The Atlantic
Top Critic

A funny, tender and mostly unsentimentalized movie about physical and emotional triumph.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

An absolute delight.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Sessions

½

Despite its unnecessary ending (with a completely out-of-place narration), this is a compelling drama centered on fascinating characters - and most of its strong emotional power is due to Hawkes and Hunt, who should both win a million awards for their outstanding performances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"The Sessions" is an engrossing drama about sex with amazingly fearless performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, in a career-best performance.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly good. Really expected this to be worthy and a bit of a yawner, but it's actually quite funny and sweet as well as sad. Performances are perfect.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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