Reviews

Sep 7, 2017
The story isn't as provocative as it tries to be, and the contrived romance is just as frustrating to watch unfold.
Sep 1, 2017
The Sessions could easily have slipped into schmaltz, but it's an unexpectedly funny delight, thanks in part to sterling work from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.
Jan 18, 2013
Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.
Jan 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.
Jan 17, 2013
The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.
Jan 17, 2013
You could maybe see it working as a play, though the tactile detail of these scenes needs close-ups on the actors' faces to communicate what the transaction means to them both.
Jan 17, 2013
Three days after viewing, the film's questioning generosity and sense of perspective will still be knocking around your head.
Jan 15, 2013
Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.
Jan 14, 2013
Formulaic but uplifting, positive and accessible.
Jan 8, 2013
Thanks to Lewin's light but assured touch, The Sessions never wears its theological preoccupations heavily, instead allowing transcendence to creep up on the audience quietly.
Jan 4, 2013
A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.
Nov 23, 2012
Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.
Nov 9, 2012
Were you to come to The Sessions expecting a disease-of-the-week heartstring-puller, you'd be completely out of luck -- fortunately.
Nov 8, 2012
A funny, tender and mostly unsentimentalized movie about physical and emotional triumph.
Nov 8, 2012
Importantly, the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and there's a pleasantly off-beat sense of humour behind the agony and the ecstasy of this beautiful movie.
Nov 2, 2012
An absolute delight.
Nov 1, 2012
Forced to do all his acting with his face, Hawkes displays the kind of camera-arresting capability that has earned others Oscar nominations.
Nov 1, 2012
It's really a three-character comedy/drama, with the best elements of both genres.
Nov 1, 2012
Using only his tilted head, his eyes, nose, and mouth and that quizzical voice, Hawkes brings O'Brien to life.
Nov 1, 2012
With its assertive hero and inclusive humor, "The Sessions" is an inspirational drama you can feel good about in the morning.