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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
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).
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...
|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.|