The Sessions
The Sessions (2012)

Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O'Brien, The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined - at age 38 - to lose his virginity.… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: February 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Tender, funny, and touching, The Sessions provides an acting showcase for its talented stars and proves it's possible for Hollywood to produce a grown-up movie about sex.

Guy Lodge
Time Out

Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch.

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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic

Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches.

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Richard Haridy

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.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

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.

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Rafer Guzman

A funny, tender and mostly unsentimentalized movie about physical and emotional triumph.

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Eric D. Snider

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.

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Tom Charity

A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

An absolute delight.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Tony Gandía
"The Sessions" is an engrossing drama about sex with amazingly fearless performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, in a career-best performance.
Cynthia S.
Plenty of nudity, and sex. Not usually my cup of tea. BUT, this was so tastefully done, and the story was so heartwarming, touching, and relatable that it… More
Nicki Marie
Surprisingly good. Really expected this to be worthy and a bit of a yawner, but it's actually quite funny and sweet as well as sad. Performances are… More
Chris Weber
This is a biopic about poet/journalist Mark O'Brien- a man who, because of polio, spent the vast majority of his life confined to an iron lung. He made the… More
Spencer S.
If there's a film that you haven't yet seen from last year's Oscar nominations, this is the next one for you. Heartbreaking, touching, very… More
Josh Lewis
The Sessions is a mature film about sex with wonderful and fearless performances from Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. This isn't a fun movie as it deals with… More