Hysteria

DVD - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Hysteria
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In 1880 London, a young doctor who sets out to find a medical cure for "hysteria" in women invents the electro-mechanical vibrator.


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Feb 19, 2015
  • heatherfield rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was expecting to like this movie more than I did—I mean, what's not to love about a period rom-com starring Hugh Dancy? Unfortunately I didn't really care about the characters, or much of the storyline. Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal didn't have the chemistry to carry the movie, and it felt like they were just ticking the boxes. (Strong female character with odd, progressive views who wins the hero over in the end? Check.) I enjoyed Felicity Jones far more, and Rupert Everett was fun in his supporting role/cameo as the rich friend playing with technology. Still, a lighthearted movie and fun premise about Victorian England that is worth watching once, but only if you like the genre to begin with.

Feb 07, 2015
  • Cassini_s_Home rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The filmmakers took a tasteful, amusing approach to a rather stupefying period in medical history and the accompanying societal views of women's sexuality. A must see. Well done. The documentary in the Special Features portion of the DVD is worth watching too.

Jan 21, 2015
  • Caroline1616 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A nice little movie. I loved the casting, the story and the setting (victorian England).

Dec 20, 2014
  • bibliomutti rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I saw a promo for this film when it was released. It seemed kind of silly. Fast forward 2 years... I decided to give it a go after all. It's really good. Sure it's a bit frothy at times but the performances are solid and satisfying. Also it gives the viewer a glimpse into the murky past. I wish all learning could be this fun.

Nov 16, 2014
  • Mario33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great movie. I was a bit unsure at first after reading the synopsis, but it's well shot and well written. I laughed all the way through and loved the feel good ending. Will watch it again and recommend it to everyone.

Jul 14, 2014
  • olenkag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was quite an unexpected fun to watch this movie!

Feb 11, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting, good movie with some good laughs. Amazing how medical science viewed women’s bodies for so long.

Nov 05, 2013
  • karenw32 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quite an amusing movie. Who knew.

Oct 20, 2013
  • movie20 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very entertaining and enlightening movie. It was based on a true story, so provides a little history lesson - who would have thought this was going on OMG!. The extras are very good and informative.

Aug 24, 2013
  • rationallady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertaining and good acting. I found the supplementary information about the history of this nonexistent malady and how women were treated in the 19th century informative and horrifying.

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May 08, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Edmund: Mortimer, must you wear
that ghastly hand brace?
Mortimer: I must find some way to attend to these women properly.

Edmund: I believe the French have quite a bit of luck using their tongues.
Mortimer: Please be serious.
We're speaking of my patients. They need me. Perhaps for the first time, I feel... truly useful.
Edmund: Aren't you a rainy day?

May 08, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Charlotte: Dr. Granville. Trawling for patients? I'm afraid you'll find no
cases of hysteria here. Women are all too busy trying to find enough to eat.

Another woman: Ah, Miss Dalrymple.
Always speaking out of turn.

Mortimer: No. I came to enquire about
Miss Fannie's broken ankle.

Charlotte: A house call?

Mortimer: Surely there's no harm in
following up with a patient?

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mortimer Granville: "Sir, I would be enormously grateful for any position that allowed me to offer relief to my patients, with little chance of killing them."

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Mar 18, 2013
  • blueskies100 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

blueskies100 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Oct 26, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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