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The Sessions (2012)



Critic 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.

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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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Helen Hunt
as Cheryl
William H. Macy
as Father Brendan
Rhea Perlman
as Mikvah Lady
Blake Lindsley
as Dr. Laura White
Ming Lo
as Clerk
Paul Maclean
as Young Mark
Phoebe Lewin
as Girl on Beach
J. Teddy Garces
as Man in Elevator
Daniel Quinn
as E.R. Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Sessions

All Critics (202) | Top Critics (54)

Satisfaction guaranteed? Pretty much.

January 18, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Sessions can be sugary, but it's likable.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5

Three days after viewing, the film's questioning generosity and sense of perspective will still be knocking around your head.

January 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

January 15, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Sessions


Despite its unnecessary ending with a completely out-of-place narration, this is a touching drama centered on three-dimensional characters and two wonderful performances by Hawkes and Hunt, who deserve both a million awards for their profoundly sensitive compositions.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

"The Sessions" is an engrossing drama about sex with amazingly fearless performances from John Hawkes and Helen Hunt, in a career-best performance.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

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 perfect.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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