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Hysteria has an amusing subject but its winking, vaguely sarcastic tone doesn't do the movie any favors. Read critic reviews

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Two doctors (Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce) in Victorian England use manual stimulation of female genitalia to cure their patients' ills, leading to the invention of the vibrator.

Cast & Crew

Hugh Dancy
Dr. Mortimer Granville
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Charlotte Dalrymple
Jonathan Pryce
Dr. Dalrymple
Kim Criswell
Mrs. Castellari
Ashley Jensen
Stephen Dyer
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Jonah Lisa Dyer
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Michael A. Simpsons
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Eric Brenner
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Kenneth Atchity
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Sandra Siegel
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Leo Joseph
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Nathalie Joseph
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Mark Kress
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Hakan Kousetta
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Claudia Blumhuber
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Florian Dargel
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Peter Fudakowski
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Stephen Dyer
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Sean Bobbit
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Jon Gregory
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Critic Reviews for Hysteria

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (55)

  • Effective acting and Tanya Wexler's direction of a taboo topic (especially given the era in which it's set) cannot save the unbearably choppy and uneven writing of the movie.

    September 8, 2017 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 21, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal channels Emma Thompson on heat. No sale.

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Gyllenhaal rises above the tedium; sadly, not far enough. Great English accent, though.

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hysteria is a history lesson customised as a costume comedy.

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Tanya Wexler's staggeringly bad period comedy wears out its AA batteries fast, despite its teasing premise.

    September 20, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hysteria

  • Jun 15, 2018
    A young rebel of a British doctor in turn-of-the-century London gets a new job in a prestigious clinic: caring for the many middle-aged women who're subject to various maladies - all directly related to hysteria. It's a loaded jumping off point for a very interesting tale but this production handles the imagined difficulties with aplomb and charm, ably supplied by the cast who perform with nary a sniggering giggle between them (except for when called for).
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2013
    An acceptable if not grand period piece about early studies of female stimulation and vibrators. Unfortunately the sensational nature of the piece takes up more attention than the writing.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2013
    Very likeable film about women's liberty...and the invention of the vibrator.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2013
    A delightful film. Great dialog and performances. The film kind of reminded me of movies like Casanova, Kinsey, and An Ideal Husband. Hugh Dancy shines in the lead role. He has a great on screen chemistry with both Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everettt. Rupert Everett almost steals the films. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer

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