Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Whenever Rupert Everett appears as a rich fellow who distinctly does not fancy ladies, it's a hysterical history lesson of the hilarious variety.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Considering the subject, ripe with titillating possibilities, it's surprisingly about as sexy as a week-old meat loaf. Tastefully directed by Tanya Wexler, it is a total joy from start to finish.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Hysteria is a romantic comedy, not an erotic one.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Hysteria, is a pleasurable diversion, even if it could have used a touch more spark in the writing.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The picture is at least spirited, a jaunty trifle that's low on eroticism but high on cartoony coquettishness. Like the little motorized whatsit that is its subject, it does have its charms.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The comic elements of this semi-factual tale are heavy-handed, and a key romance falls flat. Despite its titillating subject matter, Hysteria is only mildly stimulating. The final third of the story meanders during a tedious trial and clumsy speechifying.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While a delicate topic would seem to require a delicate touch, Wexler goes more for cheeky entertainment. To some degree, it works.
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There is no denying that every time Gyllenhaal steps into a frame she takes a sleeping movie and wakes it up.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The problem with Hysteria is that it keeps patting itself and us on the back for knowing better.
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53 out of 100
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