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Hysteria Reviews

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September 8, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 20, 2012
Gyllenhaal rises above the tedium; sadly, not far enough. Great English accent, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2012
Maggie Gyllenhaal channels Emma Thompson on heat. No sale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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+
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
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
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
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
June 13, 2012
...the movie is a schwing and a miss.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
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
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
July 11, 2012
Everyone else seems a bit daunted by the subject matter.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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