The Sessions Synopsis
Writer Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes) consults a sex therapist (Helen Hunt) to lose his virginity.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The very sex-positive The Sessions treats intimacy with an explicitness and honesty that's very rare in movies. It may be the first film...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Just see it. This movie will take a piece out of you.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The achievement of this simply told, exceptionally fine film is the clarity with which it portrays the drama of a good soul in an inert...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Sessions is first and foremost about Hawkes' virtuoso performance, one of those "My Left Foot"-y transformations that make audiences...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
At once entirely frank and downright cuddly in the way it deals with the seldom-visited subject of the sex lives of people with...
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80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
For once in an American movie, the uplift feels earned.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A moving tale with wryly funny moments.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Sessions is admirable, and often enjoyable, yet self-limiting in concept. It's exactly about what it sets out to be about - no less but...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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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Sweet, Funny, Touching, Sad and Erotic and Mature

By DurWi
The Sessions was an incredibly sweet, sad, uplifiting and funny movie about love and sexuality under the most difficult circumstances. Incredibly erotic but not in any way pornographic. Well...

Best Film in a Long Time

By HighAnxiety
Saw this at a film festival and loved it. SO funny! Can find nothing wrong with it. Some people may be turned off by the nudity- although, for once, it's relevant. All of the actors are...

Touching Romance!

By pedsarq
What a great romantic comedy! Hawkes plays a paralyzed individual who can feel physical sensation, but can't move from the neck down. He wants to try having sex and begins to see a sex therapist,...

Mesmerizing and touching

By RandytheMovieFan
This is a beautiful, upbeat movie about a paralyzed man's struggles to find happiness, or more specifically, to lose his virginity. It is a true story told in large part through the writings and...

The Sessions

By rickejjt
Beautiful performances by Hawkes, Hunt, and Macy in this sweet, honest, subtle and tasteful portrayal of the experience of journalist and poet Mark O'Brien. His story provided inspiration on so many...

THE SESSIONS

By thedoctor777
This is a wonderful film that address's the sexuality of severely handicapped people. It is a look into their thoughts and desires. Their bodies may not be whole in many ways; but their minds and...

Great film

By FLASH1465
Great story, casting, and acting. Not for those that are prudish. A LOT of nudity and sex BUT they are key to the story and aren't used cheaply. John Hawkes is Fantastic and Helen Hunt is great ....

John vs Daniel

By tasteful1
John Hawkes will win the Oscar for best actor for playing a character similar to the one played by Daniel Day Lewis in My Left Foot (for which he won an Oscar.) William H. Macy is fun to watch in...

Incredible!!!

By thomasreece
This is a beautiful, heart warming movie. Made more so as it is based on an actual like lived in an Iron Lung. The acting is terrific. It is joyous, sad, and hopeful....

Stunningly Honest, Exceptional Story, Unique and Completely Engaging.

By Alon Patterson
Pairing Bill Macy and Helen Hunt for starters, now there's some real screen chemistry. Too bad their characters never interact, but that doesn't diminish this play one iota. Its frankness and...

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Rated R | For Frank Dialogue, Strong Sexuality and Graphic Nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Mature but deeply powerful look at sex and the disabled.
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