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  • Summary: 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. (Fox Searchlight)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 16, 2012
    100
    The result is a human drama that quietly argues that the gift of life isn't one to be taken lightly.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 1, 2012
    91
    John Hawkes has, until now, been known primarily as the skilled character actor who brought an earthy authenticity to roles on TV's "Deadwood" and the Oscar-nominated "Winter's Bone." With The Sessions, he makes his mark as a bona fide member of screen acting's elite. And he does it while barely moving a muscle.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 25, 2012
    88
    John Hawkes is wonderful as O'Brien, as is Helen Hunt as the surrogate whose sessions with O'Brien form the crux of the film. The results are extremely moving and, in general, low on egregiously yanked heartstrings or the usual biopic filler.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Oct 13, 2012
    80
    At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with disabilities, this well-acted and constructed film will, at the very least, turn the spotlight on this unusual topic.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen E. Jones
    Oct 17, 2012
    80
    Aided by committed, awards-ready performance, The Sessions transforms 'taboo' subject matter into a humorous, humane and uncomplicated pleasure.
  6. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 25, 2012
    75
    The Sessions is moving. At times, it's even erotic, which is unexpected, to say the least. It sends viewers out of the theater with a heightened sense of the physical and a real feeling for all the things that sex means in human life.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 18, 2012
    60
    It's strange to call a film with so much nudity and simulated sex "old-fashioned," but The Sessions nicely bridges that gulf.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Dec 20, 2012
    10
    If you are avoiding this movie because it's about a man in an iron lung and a sex therapist, don't. It has everything--humor, intelligence,If you are avoiding this movie because it's about a man in an iron lung and a sex therapist, don't. It has everything--humor, intelligence, and universality. The writing has not one false note. And if I ever see a performance as superb as Helen Hunt's, it will probably be given by Helen Hunt. Expand
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    9
    An excellent film handled with respect and grace. If it weren't based on a true story, I might have wished for a bit more struggle on behalfAn excellent film handled with respect and grace. If it weren't based on a true story, I might have wished for a bit more struggle on behalf of the Catholic Priest - something closer to that of the priest in Million Dollar Baby. Then again, killing someone (euthanasia) is much more serious in the Church's eyes than extra-marital sex. It just seemed a bit like William H. Macy's character went a bit beyond his role and became a bit too much of a rooting friend - can't see it happening in life. But aside from this, I just loved the film. Helen Hunt is fantastic, and Hawkes doesn't disappoint - he's still one of the most underrated and under-praised actors in the biz. Expand
  3. Apr 14, 2013
    9
    How John Hawkes didn't get nominated for best actor I don't know. The Sessions is everything you want in a movie. The acting is superb withHow John Hawkes didn't get nominated for best actor I don't know. The Sessions is everything you want in a movie. The acting is superb with a sense of great emotions from tears to laughter. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2012
    7
    Moving is "The Sessions," even erotic at times, an unexpected development. Viewers exit the theater with a greater sense for all the thingsMoving is "The Sessions," even erotic at times, an unexpected development. Viewers exit the theater with a greater sense for all the things that sex means in human life. Expand
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    7
    "The Sessions" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Great acting all around. Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, and William H. Macy all turn in
    "The Sessions" 10 Scale Rating: 7.0 (Good) ...

    The Good: Great acting all around. Helen Hunt, John Hawkes, and William H. Macy all turn in superb performances. Hawkes and Macy were especially good and I can't help but feel that they were overlooked at the Academy Awards. The story itself is an interesting one and they do a great job making you care about the plight of the lead character.

    The Bad: You expect it going in, but the awkwardness of the film can be a little much at times.
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  6. Feb 14, 2013
    7
    A brave film with truly remarkable performance from John Hawkes who continues to impress in his recent outings. And he does it while barelyA brave film with truly remarkable performance from John Hawkes who continues to impress in his recent outings. And he does it while barely moving a muscle. Helen Hunt bares all (literally and otherwise) in a film that has poses philosophical questions on social and emotional levels. However, if you peel away the memorable performances, there is little else to say about the film. Expand
  7. Feb 23, 2013
    3
    The sessions is the closest thing to a porn movie you can get without calling it porn. The movie is a sad film but the true saddest is thatThe sessions is the closest thing to a porn movie you can get without calling it porn. The movie is a sad film but the true saddest is that nothing sticks and the characters are extremely dull. Forgettable and not worth caring about. Collapse

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