Hysteria Reviews

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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-
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
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.
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
September 17, 2012
Hysteria features impressive costumes and sets, but its revolutionary ideas are often lacking due to its overly sexual topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
September 16, 2012
Lightly humorous, well performed and not nearly as smutty as you might imagine. The earth may not move, but there are tingles of pleasure along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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