Hysteria Reviews

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Emma Dibdin
Total Film
September 11, 2012
Too unsexy for a date movie, too much fingering for a see-with-your-mum movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
September 6, 2012
Hysteria goes through the motions without eliciting much of a reaction despite its seemingly racy subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 26, 2012
More titillating than provocative, and lacking wit to make this tale of inventing the vibrator more significant and entertaining as serio-comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 29, 2012
A sly yet seriously mounted comedy that plays like a post-war Ealing Studios pin-prick satire of British character and society.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
July 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 13, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
July 12, 2012
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 12, 2012
Funny, charming, warm, smart -- and probably the best romantic comedy since Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day back in 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 11, 2012
Everyone else seems a bit daunted by the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
July 7, 2012
Carefully composed images, excellent period costumes and a nice, frilly score decorate the film to such an extent it becomes wholesome and staid
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 7, 2012
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
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
July 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
June 15, 2012
Loosely wrapped into this "true" story is the invention of the first vibrator. The film, however, generates very little buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
June 15, 2012
Yes, the vibrator jokes start to wear thin, but Hysteria is still lightweight fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 15, 2012
A fun, loose-with-the-facts story that deftly walks the fine line separating bawdy from bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
June 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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