Cactus Flower
Cactus Flower (1969)

This light romantic comedy finds a nurse secretly in love with her dentist employer. Stephanie has eyes for Dr. Winston, who has eyes for a Greenwich Village girl named Toni. The doctor is drawn to the pretty nurse at a club when she begins… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1969
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2002
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The plot [from the play by Abe Burrows, based on a French play by Barillet & Gredy] is minimal and the lines are somewhat stilted and hollow, but if the direction was tighter and the mood kept light and airy it might have worked.

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TV Guide

A misfire despite the presence of many of filmdom's best talents.

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Emanuel Levy

Based on a French farce, first done as a Broadway play, this mildly amusing, highly theatrical comedy benefits from its star power: Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman (taking over Lauren Bacall's stage role) and best of all Glodie Hawn.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

It comes as a pleasing jolt to find the youngster, Goldie Hawn, at the apex of the triangle, not only beautifully holding her own with the two veteran stars but also enhancing the content and flavor of the movie.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

A sometimes forgettable romantic comedy.

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Quite amusing, but Matthau and Bergman don't really match and for once it is Hawn, in her debut feature, who saves the day.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It really is Matthau, Miss Bergman and (with a marvelously expressive face) Miss Hawn who make "Cactus Flower" a success.

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Steve Crum

OK comedy pairs Matthau and Hawn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
A film that has so many weird things about it, Ingrid Bergman is in an America sex comedy. Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for her roll. A 49 year old Walter Matthau… More
Spencer S.
Walter Matthau is...Walter Matthau, and Goldie Hawn is his ditzy, suicidal fling who is slowly falling back into her demographic. Along for the ride is the… More
Kevin M. Williams
This sex farce from the late 60's involves both the war between the sexes and the generation gap. Matthau is a swinging dentist suddenly set on marriage… More
xGary Xx
By the numbers sex comedy that's not brilliantly written, so Matthau has to carry the whole thing on his own. It's amusingly dated now, but it's… More
Aj V
On the surface this is just another romantic comedy, but if you see it, the characters are interesting and played by great actors, and the movie is very funny… More
Matthew Rodrigues
The film begins with 21-year-old Toni Simmons (Goldie Hawn) trudging across the road at night to post a letter. Subsequently, she returns to her apartment and… More

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