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The Sessions Reviews

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J. Olson
April 17, 2016
"The Sessions" is a skillfully layered look at the similarities and differences between people of all walks of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
October 4, 2015
The Sessions is an unflinching, moving and often funny story about dignity and sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 21, 2013
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.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 9, 2013
It's unlike any movie you'll see this year, dealing with delicate subject matter in a refined way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
What stirs you most is the effortless way Hawkes is able to convey Mark's compassion for people far more fortunate than himself.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013
Strong central performances and an endearing premise smooth over some of the more jagged edges of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 18, 2013
...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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 29, 2013
An unexpected gem: candid, touching and funny.
January 21, 2013
The Sessions proves unusually candid in its matter-of-fact attitude to both sex and nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
January 20, 2013
(... ) a remarkable film about disability, incapacity and the joy of freedom in the most impossible of situations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 20, 2013
This funny, moving, beautifully acted movie avoids numerous pitfalls.
Charlotte Ross
London Evening Standard
January 18, 2013
Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
January 18, 2013
It's Hawkes's portrayal, in all its wit, intelligence and childlike naivety, that really captures the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
January 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
January 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
January 17, 2013
The movie becomes a touching, often funny portrayal of sex as a form of kindness and human contact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
January 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
January 17, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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