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Hysteria Reviews

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David Cox
Guardian
September 20, 2012
Gyllenhaal rises above the tedium; sadly, not far enough. Great English accent, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Basia Cummings
Little White Lies
September 20, 2012
Maggie Gyllenhaal channels Emma Thompson on heat. No sale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
May 19, 2012
Creative takes on history (i.e. making up the good doctor's romantic travails) are fine enough, but not when their service cuts away at anything truly interesting and meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2012
Needless to say, Hysteria's happy ending isn't the type that calls for a cigarette, and it certainly isn't the one the film deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
September 11, 2012
Too unsexy for a date movie, too much fingering for a see-with-your-mum movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 13, 2012
Full of silly double entendres and lazy humor derived from the irony of people in the 1880s being unaware of obvious truths that we now take for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
May 25, 2012
For a film that's so up in women's business, it's surprising how far it gets from putting an authentic woman on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
June 13, 2012
...the movie is a schwing and a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
July 12, 2012
It's a terrible shame that the back-story to one of the most influential personal devices of the last 100 years was told with such puerile pedantry.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
Ostensibly a story about sexual liberation, Hysteria needs a thrill worthy of its intended good vibrations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 20, 2012
Tanya Wexler's staggeringly bad period comedy wears out its AA batteries fast, despite its teasing premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 11, 2012
Everyone else seems a bit daunted by the subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 31, 2012
Taking attention away from the novelty of the movie limits its lasting effect, shutting off the good vibes to play conventional beats of romance that don't belong in a film concentrated on the wonders of self-love.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 17, 2012
Despite its titillating subject matter, Hysteria is only mildly stimulating. The final third of the story meanders during a tedious trial and clumsy speechifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 7, 2012
Unlike the similar comedy "The Road to Wellville," "Hysteria" never reaches a fever pitch, mostly because of its predictable Merchant/Ivory-Soap plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
October 2, 2012
Don't be fooled by the period costumes and British accents, Hysteria is as obvious and pandering as comedies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 14, 2012
What could have been a bawdy feature about the repression of not only female sexuality, but also women's rights, is at times as tightly wound and restricted as the era it pretends to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 20, 2012
...a harmless lark that invites questions and curiosity about its subject which it is too uncommitted to address.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
June 9, 2012
Strained yet saucy, barely skimming the surface of the subject of female sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 17, 2012
Gyllenhaal ... is fresh and fierce and delightful. Too bad the entire movie hadn't simply concentrated on her, and eliminated all the rest of this awkward fumbling around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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