Genre:  Comedy, Romance
Running Time:  100 min.
Release Date: May 25, 2012 (limited)
DVD: September 18, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.74
based on 76 votes and 18 reviews
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Cast: Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Everett, Felicity Jones


Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is a brilliant young doctor in London in the 1880s; he takes modern science as seriously as he does his solemn Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately, his rigour goes unappreciated by most of his peers. They dismiss Dr. Granville's enthusiasm for what they deem fadish new ideas—ideas such as his "germ theory." And he finds himself bounced from employer to employer.

Mortimer is nearly ready to give up on medicine altogether when he meets Dr. Robert Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), London's "foremost specialist in women's medicine." That lofty title means that Dalrymple is an expert in "hysteria," a mal­aise diagnosed so liberally that Dalrymple hypothesizes at least half the city's women are sufferers. To ease these patients' stress, he has developed a form of therapy that involves the careful manual stimula­tion of a certain female body part. In this period of sexual repression, it never occurs to Dalrymple that these housewives are experiencing something more basic and natural than a mysterious epidemic of insanity: horniness.

Director: Tanya Wexler
Studio: Entertainment One
Producer(s): Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Bob Bellion, Anouk Nora, Tracey Becker, Jimmy deBrabant
Screenplay: Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/hysteria/

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  • 2 stars "not nearly as good as hoped...dragged too much"
  • 5 stars "very funny. Maggie Gyllenhall is spectacular in the role! A true hidden gem."
  • 2 stars "cute, but runs our of steam half way through the movie."