• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tanya Wexler
    In Theaters:
    May 18, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Sep 18, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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Hysteria Reviews

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Emma Dibdin
Total Film

Too unsexy for a date movie, too much fingering for a see-with-your-mum movie.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

September 11, 2012
Steve Newall

Hysteria goes through the motions without eliciting much of a reaction despite its seemingly racy subject matter.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2012
Emanuel Levy

More titillating than provocative, and lacking wit to make this tale of inventing the vibrator more significant and entertaining as serio-comedy.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A sly yet seriously mounted comedy that plays like a post-war Ealing Studios pin-prick satire of British character and society.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

July 29, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's a tall tale that happens to be true, and, in the right hands, it could be wonderfully funny. I'm not sure that Wexler's were the right hands.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 17, 2012

While there have been a lot of films of late involving human-machine interaction, Hysteria serves as an overdue reminder that mechanical devices can, in fact, perform helpful services that don't involve killing people or drilling through skyscrapers.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

July 13, 2012
Simon Foster

It's a terrible shame that the back-story to one of the most influential personal devices of the last 100 years was told with such puerile pedantry.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au

July 12, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Funny, charming, warm, smart -- and probably the best romantic comedy since Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day back in 2008.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

July 12, 2012
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Everyone else seems a bit daunted by the subject matter.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 11, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Carefully composed images, excellent period costumes and a nice, frilly score decorate the film to such an extent it becomes wholesome and staid

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 7, 2012
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Without intending to sound flippant, there is much to titillate in this delicately drawn tale about the origins of the vibrator as the world's most popular sex toy

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 7, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Hysteria is a clever satire about the birth of the world's most popular sex toy, and despite some clunky rom-com plot devices it was refreshing to see a film subvert period film stuffiness with a barrage of vagina humour.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 3/5

July 5, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The movie is most entertaining during its pre-vibrator sequences, which generate laughs by presenting risqué material within the very civilized and even stuffy context of proper English society.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

June 19, 2012
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald

Loosely wrapped into this "true" story is the invention of the first vibrator. The film, however, generates very little buzz.

Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Yes, the vibrator jokes start to wear thin, but Hysteria is still lightweight fun.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

June 15, 2012
Mike Scott

A fun, loose-with-the-facts story that deftly walks the fine line separating bawdy from bad taste.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/5

June 15, 2012
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

It's as foregone as the extras hitting their marks with over-rehearsed precision and the filmmakers milking laughs from their comfortable perch in the 21st century.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 15, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

June 15, 2012
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

What could have been a bawdy feature about the repression of not only female sexuality, but also women's rights, is at times as tightly wound and restricted as the era it pretends to portray.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 2/4

June 14, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Tanya Wexler engages in some quick, unsubtle ribbing about Victorian views of sexuality and gender. Thankfully, the charms of Dancy and Gyllenhaal make the comical history lesson quite enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 14, 2012
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