My Cactus Heart

Verdict: Proceed with Caution

Pinoy Rebyu Score: 2.40 (10 ratings)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Director: Enrico Santos

Writer: Jay Fernando

Cast: Maja Salvador, Matteo Guidicelli, Xian Lim, Ricky Davao, Rosanna Roces, Ramon Christopher

Synopsis: A young woman who doesn’t believe in love has gained a reputation for breaking her suitors’ hearts. In spite of this, she soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle, her two new suitors making her question her approach to relationships.

Running time: 100 mins.




3.5          Reel Advice

“While at times the movie lacks polish and consistency to be considered an instant classic, the narrative style and the lead actors carry My Cactus Heart into something worth a look.” (Read full review)

3.5          Forg Files

“The script tends to overexplain the characters’ feelings especially Sandy’s apprehension with love but the direction was competent enough to not let everything be spoonfed to the audience and just let the small moments speak for themselves.” (Read full review)

3.0          Cathy Pena (Make Me Blush)

My Cactus Heart is ephemeral pleasure. Everything feels part of an ingredient that, in the scheme of things, don’t quite linger for long. Like chips, cotton candy or popcorn, you masticate on them – then you eventually forget the heady pleasures of partaking.” (Read full review)

2.5          Philbert Dy (Click the City)

“To be fair, there are a lot of new things being tried, the film seemingly a testing ground for new directions in filmmaking. But in the end, the gimmickry only serves to temporarily distract from a formula that remains as tired as it’s ever been.” (Read full review)

2.5         Mihk Vergara (Lagarista)

My Cactus Heart is like your first college crush: interesting enough from afar to try and talk to, cute enough to give a chance but turns out like everyone else the longer you talk to them.” (Read full review)

2.5         Rito Asilo (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

“We’re happy to note that the new director’s knack for entertaining viewers is far from meager—but, at the same time, he needs more time to develop the ability to keep his ornate sequences more natural and organic.” (Read full review)

2.0         Oggs Cruz (Twitch)

“There may be little glimpses of real ingenuity in the filmmaking but every time these glimpses appear, they are quickly enveloped by a general lack of imagination or an institutional refusal to cross the line and to genuinely innovate, resulting in half-baked endeavors that are only pieces of clutter in a movie that doesn’t really have anything worthwhile to say about love.” (Read full review)

2.0          Mark Angelo Virly Ching (Pisara)

My Cactus Heart also tries to capture the current era by toying with recent trends in cinema, like found footage, animation, and sped up and over-the-top scenes. What it does is admirable, so it is a pity that these only existed in the film’s first half. But then again, these moments were not made well, so having less of them might be a good thing too.” (Read full review)

2.0          Cinerama Etcetera

“The story is very shallow and really doesn’t go anywhere — just goes around in a loop that goes back to past hurts that prevent Sandy’s character from moving forward.” (Read full review)


2.0          Arsenio Tan Liao (Pinoy Cinephiles)

“There’s actually no chemistry between Maja Salvador and Matteo Gudicelli. It started out with a good premise( the use of animation) but ended up flat and corny at times.”

1.0          Json Javier (Pinoy Cinephiles)

“It was as corny as any Star Cinema formulaic rom-com could be. Maja Salvador’s talents were wasted as a shrill, overacting animator who fell for a vocalist/waiter with nice abs played by Matteo Guidicelli. You’d be surprised that they’re lovers offscreen since they had zero chemistry here. Everything’s cliched and contrived and you could actually hear people groaning after every bad punchline (crickets too, in some scenes). The only bright spot was Rosanna Roces and even she had the humiliating task of smelling Matteo’s armpits. Talk about stinky.”


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