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Hysteria (15)

Hysteria (15)

Comedy, Romance

The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

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The critical consensus

Relentlessly euphemistic rather than explicit, Hysteria is considerably milder than the title and subject matter suggest.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 06/09/2012

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s feisty turn almost saves it, but it’s tough to imagine what the audience for this will be – too unsexy for a date movie, too much fingering for a see-with-your-mum movie.

**(*)(*)(*)Emma Dibdin, Total Film, 11/09/2012

This is little more than a dressed-up Carry On film.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 20/09/2012

Wexler keeps the tone light and pleasant and the politics feminist, with Maggie Gyllenhaal rather chewing the scenery as a socialist pioneer.

***(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 20/09/2012

Tanya Wexler’s staggeringly bad period comedy wears out its AA batteries fast, despite its teasing premise.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 20/09/2012

It all rolls along, and if you like this sort of thing, you'll like it.

David Cox, The Guardian, 20/09/2012

Drained of kink, wit and bite, this historical rom-com fails to titillate.

**(*)(*)(*)Basia Lewandowska Cummings, Little White Lies, 20/09/2012

Lightly humorous, well performed and not nearly as smutty as you might imagine. The earth may not move, but there are tingles of pleasure along the way.

***(*)(*)Anna Smith, Empire Online, 17/09/2012

It's that sort of film, deriding old-school myths of sexuality while playing up a seaside-postcard humour not seen since the days of Carry On.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 21/09/2012

Predictable but jolly good fun, Hysteria largely avoids the temptation for smut and frequently hits the spot.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 21/09/2012

Can you imagine a prequel to Naomi Wolf's Vagina: A New Biography with a screenplay by Richard Gordon, author of Doctor in the House? No, nor can I.

Philip French, The Observer, 23/09/2012

Features about Hysteria (15)

Hysteria, a film with good vibrations

Charlie Lyde, The Guardian, 14/09/2012

'It's really difficult talking about the film without slipping into double-entendre...'

Will Lawrence, The Telegraph, 20/09/2012

Where and when?

Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee from Friday September 21, 2012, until Thursday October 4, 2012. More info:

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