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: October 19, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 93% 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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The story isn't as provocative as it tries to be, and the contrived romance is just as frustrating to watch unfold.

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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

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.

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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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J. Olson

"The Sessions" is a skillfully layered look at the similarities and differences between people of all walks of life.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Despite its unnecessary ending with a completely out-of-place narration, this is a touching drama centered on three-dimensional characters and two wonderful… 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
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