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The Sessions Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 8, 2012
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
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+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
November 23, 2012
Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
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
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 17, 2012
A remarkable actor, John Hawkes, gives a remarkable performance as a remarkable character.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 16, 2012
Surprisingly funny and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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-
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
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
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
November 14, 2012
an unusually frank and frequently humorous meditation on the transformative power of connection
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 14, 2012
Take away the nudity and the frank sex talk and you'd pretty much be left with a high-minded TV movie -- with unusually good actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
November 13, 2012
Hunt's tangible disregard for false modesty does justice to the misunderstood surrogacy profession, while Hawkes' committed yet matter-of-fact portrayal of O'Brien masterfully avoids theatricality or sappy heartstring tugging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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