Reviews

RICHARD ROEPER

“This is one of the most entertaining movies of the year.”

ROGER EBERT

The costumes, the sets, the locations and the behavior are all flawless… The performances are spot on, and I especially like the spunky Gyllenhaal.”

REX REED

“The Little Engine That Could: Hysteria Stimulates the Senses… Tastefully directed by Tanya Wexler, it is a total joy from start to finish. Hysteria brims over with humor and sweetness… it is agreeable, lyrical, carefully scripted and acted with great feeling by an exemplary cast. A clever, quick-witted, informed and terrific movie!

LEONARD MALTIN

“What makes Hysteria so entertaining is the larger picture it paints of repressed Victorian society. That it does so in the form of a farcical comedy makes it all the more enjoyable. Director Tanya Wexler strikes the perfect note for her ensemble, and this potentially delicate subject matter. Because the movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and remains visually discreet, we’re invited to relax and have fun with it.  And why not?”

LEAH ROZEN of THE WRAP

“Nothing Like a Feel-Good Victorian Vibrator Comedy… Dancy makes for an appealing leading man, all shy charm and embarrassment, while Gyllenhaal provides a lively foil, her character merrily challenging Mortimer with her progressive views at every turn.”

LISA SCHWARZBAUM of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Behold, with the most tasteful of explicit dramatization, the story of the invention of the electric vibrator! Working with an enthusiastic cast including Hugh Dancy as the reality-based Dr. Mortimer Granville, Felicity Jones as the demure daughter of London’s leading doctor of lady maladies (Jonathan Pryce), and Maggie Gyllenhaal as her proto-liberated sister, director Tanya 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.”

THE ATLANTIC

“’Hysteria Turns the Vibrator Into Inspirational Cinema

“An assemblage of shifting tones and complex ideas, Hysteria is a warmhearted film about a risqué subject. Wexler and screenwriters Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer mainstream things without sanitizing them, reconstituting taboo fodder as the stuff of inspirational cinema… Wexler uses the lighthearted baseline to get at a deeper and more substantial look at the currents of change sweeping through Britain at the time.”

The filmmaker deserves ample credit for fashioning her eye-catching conceit, centered on sexual taboos, into a rich and meaningful social chronicle.

UK DAILY MIRROR

3 stars
“Positively vibrating with fruity one-liners and double entendres, it’s a stimulating fact-based farce.”

UK DAILY STAR

“Greatly amusing”

UK Metro

3 stars
“If you’re after a cheeky giggle, this should leave you with a satisfied smile.”

UK DAILY EXPRESS

3 stars
“No need for blushes as beneath its saucy surface, Hysteria is a rather sweet romantic comedy… Jolly good fun, Hysteria largely avoids the temptation for smut and frequently hits the spot.”

FINANCIAL TIMES OF LONDON

3 stars
“Hysteria is a history lesson customized as a costume comedy.  Fun will be had… hilarious…heart-lifting.”

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