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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The problem with "Hysteria" is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"When you think of vibrators, 'charming' probably isn't the first word that comes to mind."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The film's light-hearted fictionalising of real events combines a mild feminist history lesson with mildly saucy fun."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"These are gifted actors who have a decent sense of timing, so they're able to add a hint of gravitas beneath the surface while avoiding most of the stereotypes"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Its 95 minutes move along nicely, and Everett - languid as a cat in a sunbeam - makes his too-brief scenes into master classes of comedy."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Hysteria never gets too preachy or ponderous, and there's something in the film to educate even the most learned viewer."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Given the allure of learning the origins of something as buzzworthy as the vibrator, Hysteria provides just enough pleasures to give it a pass."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"Bizarrely, this film is as about as inoffensive as it gets, despite the fact it contains uncountable scenes of Hugh Dancy wanking off bored housewives..."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"[B]reezy, witty, and only gently naughty... [H]ello, steampunk orgasm!"
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The movie also makes all the right noises about female sexual liberation. But its good intentions are undermined by sniggering jokes..."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Don't be fooled by the period costumes and British accents, Hysteria is as obvious and pandering as comedies get."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century London, but this silly farce isn't it"
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"It's all rather sweet in its way, as it treads gingerly round and round its subject. Nicely acted too, especially by Gyllenhaal and Pryce."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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