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The Sessions (2012)



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

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Critic Reviews for The Sessions

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (47)

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

January 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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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.

January 8, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

January 4, 2013 | Full Review…
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Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.

November 23, 2012 | Rating: 5.8/10 | Full Review…

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

November 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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An absolute delight.

November 2, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sessions


Despite its unnecessary ending with a completely out-of-place narration, this is a touching drama centered on three-dimensional characters and two wonderful performances by Hawkes and Hunt, who deserve both a million awards for their profoundly sensitive compositions.

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

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