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Hysteria Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 15, 2012
Director Tanya Wexler plays things broadly at times, but "Hysteria" has good fun with history while coming off far more wholesome than salacious.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 14, 2012
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 8, 2012
As a sex-education comedy, "Hysteria" is flaccid, forced and unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 7, 2012
The problem with "Hysteria" is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 7, 2012
Hysteria never gets too preachy or ponderous, and there's something in the film to educate even the most learned viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 1, 2012
The movie also makes all the right noises about female sexual liberation. But its good intentions are undermined by sniggering jokes...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 31, 2012
A clever love story, an amusing comedy of manners, and a smart message movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 31, 2012
Good vibrations all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 25, 2012
It's happy to get the big facts broadly right, as long as it's allowed to have a little fun with the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 24, 2012
"Hysteria," with its period costumes and English accents, seems like a much better movie than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
May 24, 2012
For a light entertainment, this romantic comedy delivers an impressive amount of feminist rhetoric and historical detail.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 24, 2012
It doesn't really know what it is. A little of this, a little of that and by the time it's done, it adds up to not much at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 24, 2012
The performances are spot on, and I especially like the spunky Gyllenhaal...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
May 23, 2012
One of the smartest, funniest and most charming movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2012
It's as if they felt they had to work all that socially conscious stuff into the mix in order to justify the risqué humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
May 18, 2012
Hysteria is a fun fling of a movie about medical science at its shakiest. Literally.
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
May 18, 2012
Obviously a movie about the invention of the vibrator is going to have to approach the topic with humour, but ridiculing your main characters' psychology does not build dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 18, 2012
"Hysteria," set in 1880s London, is a light comedy about a pretty dark time for the fairer sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 17, 2012
Tanya Wexler's silly, featherweight comedy about the invention of the electric vibrator.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 17, 2012
A clever, quick-witted, informed and terrific movie!
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May 17, 2012
Hysteria, a disappointingly limp ode to the invention of the vibrator, plays like a Merchant Ivory Production of Portnoy's Complaint.
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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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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 17, 2012
"Hysteria" won't rock your world, but it's a perfectly good stand-in until something better comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 17, 2012
A broad period comedy that squanders a fascinating subject ... by refusing to see it from anything other than a modern, winking perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 17, 2012
Hysteria comes across as a rather superficial brand of art house comedy that offers moderate entertainment value but little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 16, 2012
...a movie that's finally a little too comfortable with itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 16, 2012
Wexler makes a happy, sexually robust history lesson. And whenever Rupert Everett appears as a rich fellow who distinctly does not fancy ladies, it's a hysterical history lesson of the hilarious variety.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 15, 2012
There's nothing strictly wrong with any of this, except for the fact that even a buttoned-down period piece like Topsy-Turvy feels sexier.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
Proceeds as a tedious, clumsy diddle, constantly reminding viewers how much progress has been made since the Victorian era.
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 15, 2012
Dancy, Jones and Pryce are dull, while Gyllenhaal plays the spitfire with far too much spit, thumping the other characters and the audience over the head with her do-gooder crusading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 15, 2012
Hopelessly antiquated, greeting with very British giggles, and without a trace of honest curiosity, the needs of the women it seeks to honor.