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The Sessions Reviews

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September 7, 2017
The story isn't as provocative as it tries to be, and the contrived romance is just as frustrating to watch unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
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
November 23, 2012
Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.8/10
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
May 3, 2015
It's all so plodding and beige, yet giving this movie a bad review is like kicking a kitten.
October 19, 2012
The movie methodically punts each time it comes across anything interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
October 22, 2012
The movie is so clammily sensitive and tame that it stifles any strong response.
December 8, 2012
Vera is something of a missed opportunity here.
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
March 28, 2013
Survival isn't enough. Acceptance isn't enough. Mark needs fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
January 18, 2013
Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
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