Hysteria Reviews

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Elias Savada
Film Threat
July 11, 2015
It's the writing that sinks Hysteria, and there's no machine that can alleviate that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A lame love triangle, suffragist speechifying and a wee bit of coy tittering regarding ladies' private parts.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
When you think of vibrators, 'charming' probably isn't the first word that comes to mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: B-
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 2, 2012
Don't be fooled by the period costumes and British accents, Hysteria is as obvious and pandering as comedies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 2, 2012
The film's light-hearted fictionalising of real events combines a mild feminist history lesson with mildly saucy fun.
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 25, 2012
There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century London, but this silly farce isn't it
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 25, 2012
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
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 21, 2012
[B]reezy, witty, and only gently naughty... [H]ello, steampunk orgasm!
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 21, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
September 21, 2012
Beneath its saucy surface Hysteria is a rather sweet romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sun Online
September 20, 2012
Sadly, a decent cast, including Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce and Hugh Dancy, are constrained by a safe script when a spot of wild abandon was required.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
September 20, 2012
Maggie Gyllenhaal channels Emma Thompson on heat. No sale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cox
Guardian
September 20, 2012
Gyllenhaal rises above the tedium; sadly, not far enough. Great English accent, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 20, 2012
Hysteria is a history lesson customised as a costume comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 20, 2012
It's a buzz.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
September 20, 2012
Tanya Wexler's staggeringly bad period comedy wears out its AA batteries fast, despite its teasing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Film4
September 19, 2012
Neither funny enough nor serious enough, Hysteria is a series of constant disappointments and cringe-worthy gags which, in a different era, would probably have ended up as a film called Carry On Climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 19, 2012
Hysteria is nicely played and has its fair share of decent moments, but the script struggles to find the right tone and it's hard to escape the feeling that the actual true story might have been a bit more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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