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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. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. -- (C) Fox Searchlight

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lewin, who has fought his own lifelong polio battle, handles tricky material with a gentle, empathetic touch."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Achieves its sunny disposition by pulling punches."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"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."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"It's unlike any movie you'll see this year, dealing with delicate subject matter in a refined way."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Strong central performances and an endearing premise smooth over some of the more jagged edges of the script."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A funny, tender and mostly unsentimentalized movie about physical and emotional triumph."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider, Twitch
"What stirs you most is the effortless way Hawkes is able to convey Mark's compassion for people far more fortunate than himself."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"A very different kind of love story, breaking taboos lightly, with sensitivity and humor."
‑ Tom Charity,
"An absolute delight."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Survival isn't enough. Acceptance isn't enough. Mark needs fulfillment."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"...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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
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