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The Sessions Reviews

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January 4, 2013
A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.
December 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 11, 2012
The laughs are always gentle, which is descriptive of the film as a whole, as it strives to reconnect cinematic sex with shared humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 8, 2012
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 30, 2012
An inspiring tale that celebrates the human spirit, underscores the value of connections, and laughs at the beautifully embarrassing urges that make us what we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 28, 2012
Deeply moving. The Oscar-worthy (John) Hawkes invests his character with a sense of grace and humor that nullifies any potential pity. This is a great movie for adults and even for older adolescents.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 25, 2012
It is rare to watch a movie where sex is treated with maturity, religion is treated with respect and characters are so heart-warmingly written and portrayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 23, 2012
Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
November 19, 2012
Raw, unrestrained and sympathetic without giving in to melodrama, 'The Sessions' is about a man facing a physical challenge who decides he wants to become intimate with a woman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 18, 2012
An intelligent, funny, insightful film that offers a frank examination of sex. It's not prurient or titillating, just truthful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 17, 2012
A remarkable actor, John Hawkes, gives a remarkable performance as a remarkable character.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 16, 2012
Surprisingly funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2012
Presents the sensitive O'Brien as a brave, funny, unselfish and unlikely romantic-fantasy dream hero for disappointed, weary or jaded older female moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2012
The uplifting struggle for living a life of dignity for paralyzed from the neck down polio victim Mark O'Brien.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 15, 2012
The sex scenes are frank and explicit, but never cheap and exploitative. (Yes, they get naked. Grow up.) The nudity isn't airbrushed pin-up perfection, but raw and real - and all the more lovely and moving because of it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2012
Taking the good with the bad, this isn't a terrible movie, though it is being rather overhyped. I found myself laughing a lot and enjoying the transformations the actors go through, but an unengaging story only serves to drag it down.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2012
A film, inspired by the life of the late poet-journalist Mark O'Brien, that celebrates the relationship between physical and emotional intimacy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2012
Not just another weepy drama of overcoming odds, a My Left Foot with a different appendage. The Sessions is often brazenly funny, not from shocking dialogue but characters reacting the way people do, especially with such a flustering subject as sex.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 14, 2012
an unusually frank and frequently humorous meditation on the transformative power of connection
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