Critics Consensus

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



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Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, that tells an untold tale of discovery - the surprising story of the birth of the electro-mechanical vibrator at the very peak of Victorian prudishness. -- (C) Sony Classics

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Hugh Dancy
as Mortimer Granville
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Charlotte Dalrymple
Felicity Jones
as Emily Dalrymple
Jonathan Pryce
as Dr. Robert Dalrymple
Rupert Everett
as Edmund St. John-Smythe
Anna Chancellor
as Mrs. Bellamy
Gemma Jones
as Lady St. John-Smythe
Malcolm Rennie
as Lord St. John-Smythe
Kim Criswell
as Mrs. Castellari
Georgie Glen
as Mrs. Parsons
Linda Woodhall
as Nurse Smalley
Kimberly Selby
as Lady Wheaton
John Overstall
as Mr. Huddleston
Anne Comfort
as Mrs. Huddleston
Jonathan Rhodes
as PC Fugate
Jules Werner
as Jack the Coal Man
Maggie McCarthy
as Mrs. Copeland
Perry Blanks
as Prison Guard
Tobias Menzies
as Mrs. Squyers
David Schaal
as Tough Guy
Nicholas Woodeson
as Dr. Richardson
Joan Linder
as Dispensary Old Woman Patient
Dominic Borrelli
as Worker at Edmunds
Jimmy de Brabant
as Major Domo
Kate Linder
as Lady Cherwell
Corinna Marlowe
as Lady Perrigott
Sylvia Strange
as Queen Victoria
Jack Kelly
as Footman 1
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Critic Reviews for Hysteria

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (35)

  • 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.

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

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

    Sep 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    David Cox

    Top Critic
  • Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious.

    Jun 15, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Its 95 minutes move along nicely, and Everett - languid as a cat in a sunbeam - makes his too-brief scenes into master classes of comedy.

    Jun 14, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny.

    Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | 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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