Hysteria (2012)

Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, that tells an untold tale of discovery - the surprising story of the birth of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: May 18, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hysteria has an amusing subject but its winking, vaguely sarcastic tone doesn't do the movie any favors.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

The problem with "Hysteria" is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

A superb cast led by Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce with able support from Maggie Gyllenhaal and Felicity Jones, make this a must see.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Hysteria never gets too preachy or ponderous, and there's something in the film to educate even the most learned viewer.

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Hysteria isn't hysterical, but it's a light-hearted romp that will create its own buzz.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny.

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Rafer Guzman

The movie also makes all the right noises about female sexual liberation. But its good intentions are undermined by sniggering jokes...

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Effective acting and Tanya Wexler's direction of a taboo topic (especially given the era in which it's set) cannot save the unbearably choppy and uneven writing of the movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This delightful British comedy about the invention of the first vibrator in the medical treatment of female hysteria in the Victorian Era is a very funny film… More
Drake Tsui
Funny and charming but tiresome. Hysteria has an interesting premise but very little hanging from it's coattails. The film garnishes most of it's… More
Cynthia S.
An entertaining light comedy with tasteful handling of an otherwise "raunchy" subject. Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett are wonderfully charming, and… More
Nate Zoebl
The birth of the vibrator doesn't seem like a tale that demands telling until you realize that the most prolific sex toy of all time started during one of… More
Manu Gino
He created an invention that turned on half the world. Good movie! "Hysteria" is an exuberantly charming romantic comedy, yes, but it's also a… More
Josh Morris
Hysteria is a bland, fitfully amusing take on Victorian era sexual repression,and sexism. Blessed with the assets of a stellar cast and occasionally effective… More