• 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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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2013

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 Source: NECN | Original Score: B-

October 22, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

October 2, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

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 Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

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 Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2012
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[B]reezy, witty, and only gently naughty... [H]ello, steampunk orgasm!

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 21, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Beneath its saucy surface Hysteria is a rather sweet romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

September 21, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Hysteria is a history lesson customised as a costume comedy.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

September 20, 2012
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

It's a buzz.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

September 20, 2012
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered

Hysteria features impressive costumes and sets, but its revolutionary ideas are often lacking due to its overly sexual topic.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7.5/10

September 17, 2012
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine

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 Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 16, 2012
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz

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
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
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
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
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