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The Sessions Reviews

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Jeff Beck
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
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire
September 18, 2012
Charming as Lewin's script may be, the end result provides little more than underwhelming sentiments filled with indifference and frustration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2012
For the entire endeavor to emotionally register, you must buy into the romance that purportedly blossoms between Hawkes and Hunt. I didn't, not for a second.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 16, 2012
It has some difficult and heartfelt performances as well as moments of uncomfortable honesty, but ultimately writer-director Ben Lewin's film feels too slight, too pat, and too wildly overhyped out of its festival showings.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's all so plodding and beige, yet giving this movie a bad review is like kicking a kitten.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 19, 2012
The movie methodically punts each time it comes across anything interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2012
The Sessions is entertaining but also the sort of feature that can wait for a DVD rental. Sex scenes aside, it feels puny on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
October 25, 2012
Practically ignores everything about O'Brien's life except as it relates to his sexual odyssey, turning the life of the man into little more than a curio.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 22, 2012
The movie is so clammily sensitive and tame that it stifles any strong response.
Cynthia Fuchs
December 8, 2012
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013
The Sessions is a tender, well-intentioned examination of a disabled man exploring his sexual identity, but sometimes a film needs more than just good intentions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 28, 2013
Survival isn't enough. Acceptance isn't enough. Mark needs fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Charlotte Ross
London Evening Standard
January 18, 2013
Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sandy Schaefer
November 2, 2012
The Sessions resembles one of O'Brien's poems (which are featured in the story) - neither flawless nor ever-graceful in terms of technique but still gentle and sincere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 19, 2012
The Sessions is a magnificent film. This tale of a profoundly disabled man's sexual awaking is not only a genuine crowd pleaser , but it also gives a cinematic voice to the marginalized.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 24, 2012
The Sessions is startlingly bold and just as emotionally mature, with a wonderful story and even better performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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