Hysteria is a romantic comedy with an accomplished cast led by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones and Rupert Everett, that tells an untold tale of discovery - the surprising... read more
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
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January 19, 2013
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 s...
December 12, 2012
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 technologi...
July 6, 2012fb535316333
Funny and charming but tiresome. Hysteria has an interesting premise but very little hanging from it's coattails.
The film garnishes most of it's laughs by drawing contrast from the audience's 21st century sentimentality. Unfortunately, It's a one trick pony that soon loses it's...
June 17, 2012
The birth of the vibrator doesn't seem like a tale that demands telling until you realize that the most prolific sex toy of all time started during one of the most sexually repressive cultures, Victorian England. In 1880, the plague of the era was a malady known as "hysteria." Ha...
May 16, 2012
Hysteria is a bland, fitfully amusing take on Victorian era sexual repression,and sexism. Blessed with the assets of a stellar cast and occasionally effective comic situations, it's diverting in its early scenes, but is defeated in its later acts by a soporific brew of obviousne...
January 11, 2012
This is a delightful British comedy about the invention of the first vibrator in the medical treatment of female hysteria in the Victorian Era. A very funny film that benefits a lot from the elegant dialogue and the sharp cast, with a perfect chemistry between Dancy and Gyllenhaal.
August 23, 2012
I worked backstage on the stage play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruehl in Cleveland in the spring of 2012. I heard this movie (with the same general plot themes) was being released around the same time. The play is a few years old and evidently is not the sou...
June 3, 2012
in "Hysteria," Dr. Mortimer Granville(Hugh Dancy) is a good doctor preaching the gospel of hygiene in London. The bad news is this is 1880 when few are willing to listen. This also explains the many entries in his resume for this year alone. Not willing to accept the charity o...
May 6, 2013fb721890245
An acceptable if not grand period piece about early studies of female stimulation and vibrators. Unfortunately the sensational nature of the piece takes up more attention than the writing.
March 10, 2013
A delightful film. Great dialog and performances. The film kind of reminded me of movies like Casanova, Kinsey, and An Ideal Husband. Hugh Dancy shines in the lead role. He has a great on screen chemistry with both Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rupert Everettt. Rupert Everett almost stea...
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