Hysteria (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Hysteria (2012)



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

Movie Info

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 electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. -- (C) Sony Classicsmore
Rating: R (for sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Box Office: $1.7M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


Hugh Dancy
as Mortimer Granville
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Charlotte Dalrymple
Felicity Jones
as Emily Dalrymple
Jonathan Pryce
as Dr. Robert Dalrymple
Rupert Everett
as Edmund St. John-Smyt...
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Bellamy
Gemma Jones
as Lady St. John-Smythe
Malcolm Rennie
as Lord St. John-Smythe
Kim Criswell
as Mrs. Castellari
Georgie Glen
as Mrs. Parsons
Linda Woodhall
as Nurse Smalley
Kimberly Selby
as Lady Wheaton
John Overstall
as Mr. Huddleston
Anne Comfort
as Mrs. Huddleston
Jonathan Rhodes
as PC Fugate
Jules Werner
as Jack the Coal Man
Maggie McCarthy
as Mrs. Copeland
Perry Blanks
as Prison Guard
Tobias Menzies
as Mrs. Squyers
David Schaal
as Tough Guy
Nicholas Woodeson
as Dr. Richardson
Joan Linder
as Dispensary Old Woman...
Dominic Borrelli
as Worker at Edmunds
Jimmy de Brabant
as Major Domo
Kate Linder
as Lady Cherwell
Corinna Marlowe
as Lady Perrigott
Sylvia Strange
as Queen Victoria
Jack Kelly
as Footman 1
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News & Interviews for Hysteria

Critic Reviews for Hysteria

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (33)

It's the writing that sinks Hysteria, and there's no machine that can alleviate that.

Full Review… | July 11, 2015
Film Threat

A lame love triangle, suffragist speechifying and a wee bit of coy tittering regarding ladies' private parts.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

When you think of vibrators, 'charming' probably isn't the first word that comes to mind.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

Given the allure of learning the origins of something as buzzworthy as the vibrator, Hysteria provides just enough pleasures to give it a pass.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

Don't be fooled by the period costumes and British accents, Hysteria is as obvious and pandering as comedies get.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

The film's light-hearted fictionalising of real events combines a mild feminist history lesson with mildly saucy fun.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Movie Talk

Audience Reviews for Hysteria


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 that benefits from an elegant dialogue, a sharp cast and a perfect chemistry between Dancy and Gyllenhaal.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


An entertaining light comedy with tasteful handling of an otherwise "raunchy" subject. Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett are wonderfully charming, and add much needed quirkiness to an otherwise average film. I am NOT a Maggie Gyllenhaal fan, and I think that I would have preferred someone else in her role. I tried hard not to let that distract me from the movie...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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 surprisingly compelling depiction of a world in transition, when tradition was being challenged by progressive behaviors and technologies. Whether the story is really entirely true or not as it claims or is just a tale of manners, sex and modern sensibilities I don't know. But it is attractive, light and jolly good fun. Everything about Hysteria from casting to the acting, the costumes, the scenery... you name it, all was top notch.

In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by a doctor to investigate treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria using 'pelvic massage'. The doctor's two daughters develop an interest in the young Dr. Granville, each tempting to woo him.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Hysteria Quotes

Mortimer Granville: That is the spot indeed.
– Submitted by Ging S (3 years ago)
Mortimer Granville: Don't stop.
Edmund St. John-Smythe: I think you're enjoying yourself too much.
Mortimer Granville: It makes your hand feel all...warm and tingly. I feel it right down to the bone.
Edmund St. John-Smythe: Oh really?
Mortimer Granville: Turn it back on.
– Submitted by Ging S (3 years ago)
Charlotte Dalrymple: Must be difficult pleasuring half the women in the city.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Emily Dalrymple: Wether you seek it or not Dr. Granville, you are destined for fame.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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