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Critic Reviews for Hysteria
Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious.
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.
As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
The problem with "Hysteria" is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better.
Hysteria never gets too preachy or ponderous, and there's something in the film to educate even the most learned viewer.
Audience Reviews for Hysteria
This delightful British comedy about the invention of the first vibrator in the medical treatment of female hysteria in the Victorian Era is a very funny film that benefits from an elegant dialogue, a sharp cast and a perfect chemistry between Dancy and Gyllenhaal.
An entertaining light comedy with tasteful handling of an otherwise "raunchy" subject. Hugh Dancy, and Rupert Everett are wonderfully charming, and add much needed quirkiness to an otherwise average film. I am NOT a Maggie Gyllenhaal fan, and I think that I would have preferred someone else in her role. I tried hard not to let that distract me from the movie...
He created an invention that turned on half the world. Good movie! "Hysteria" is an exuberantly charming romantic comedy, yes, but it's also a surprisingly compelling depiction of a world in transition, when tradition was being challenged by progressive behaviors and technologies. Whether the story is really entirely true or not as it claims or is just a tale of manners, sex and modern sensibilities I don't know. But it is attractive, light and jolly good fun. Everything about Hysteria from casting to the acting, the costumes, the scenery... you name it, all was top notch. In Victorian London, Dr. Mortimer Granville, a young doctor struggles to establish himself. He is hired by a doctor to investigate treatments for women diagnosed with female hysteria using 'pelvic massage'. The doctor's two daughters develop an interest in the young Dr. Granville, each tempting to woo him.
|Mortimer Granville:||That is the spot indeed.|
|Mortimer Granville:||Don't stop.|
|Edmund St. John-Smythe:||I think you're enjoying yourself too much.|
|Mortimer Granville:||It makes your hand feel all...warm and tingly. I feel it right down to the bone.|
|Edmund St. John-Smythe:||Oh really?|
|Mortimer Granville:||Turn it back on.|
|Charlotte Dalrymple:||Must be difficult pleasuring half the women in the city.|
|Emily Dalrymple:||Wether you seek it or not Dr. Granville, you are destined for fame.|