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Rated R · 95 minutes · 2013

Biography, Comedy drama
Like a lot of us, Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes) has trouble with the ladies. Unlike a lot of us, Mark survived severe polio that left him confined to a bed, a stretcher or his iron lung. But he still wants a woman’s touch. In the surprisingly funny The Sessions, Mark finds Cheryl (Helen Hunt), a sex therapist who will help him through the obviously delicate arrangement. Based on a true story—including O’Brien’s own journalistic account of it—The Sessions avoids the common pitfalls of movies that feature the disabled, movies that are eyed more cynically during Oscar season because of the degree of difficulty found in many of the performances. Hawkes does enter the Best Actor discussion here, although his portrayal is not as pained and morose as you’d expect. Indeed, it’s Mark’s liveliness and good humor that makes Hawkes worthy of the talk.


See our full review: The Price of Polio

The Price of Polio

John Hawkes' work as a paralyzed poet in 'The Sessions' is simply stunning »

Official Site: www.foxsearchlight.com/thesessions
Director: Ben Lewin
Producer: Judi Levine and Stephen Nemeth
Cast: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William Macy, Moon Bloodgood, Annika Marks, Adam Arkin and W. Brown

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Indy Week The Sessions is limp for not showing dick The heart of The Sessions may be just and good, but it's really after-school-special stuff. by David Fellerath 11/07/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta The Sessions tries a little tenderness with its sexual candor Warm-hearted biopic's bedroom sexploits are a long time coming by Curt Holman 10/31/2012
The Coast Halifax The Sessions Simple and disarmingly funny by Jacob Boon 11/15/2012
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Memphis Flyer The Sessions A generous, surprising sex comedy of sorts. by Chris Herrington 11/15/2012
Portland Mercury Sex Ed The Sessions showcases the healing powers of Helen Hunt. by Alison Hallett 11/01/2012
East Bay Express The Sessions Touched by an angel. by Kelly Vance 10/31/2012
East Bay Express The Ten Best Movies of 2012 This year, it was all about genre. by Kelly Vance 12/26/2012
Creative Loafing Charlotte The Sessions: Virgin territory Rating: **1/2 by Matt Brunson 11/09/2012
East Bay Express Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene Discusses Her Memoir That Inspired 'The Sessions' How a sexually repressed childhood led to a life as a sex surrogate. by Alison Peters 10/31/2012
Boise Weekly Let's Get Meta-physical The film is touching, quite funny, very lovely to look at and intellectually mature by George Prentice 11/21/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Civil intercourse: The Sessions A quite genial look at a severely disabled man who hires a sex surrogate to help him lose his virginity before he dies. by Justin Strout 11/14/2012
Style Weekly Movie Review: "The Sessions" This polio survivor's tale is one of the best comedies in years. by Ted Salins 12/04/2012

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