Hopelessly sexist by contemporary standards, Pillow Talk remains one of the perfect examples of the 1950s sex comedy. It practically bursts with coquettish prudery, winking at the viewer before closing the bedroom door and displaying the sort of barely concealed sexual anxiety that encouraged strong-jawed displays of testosterone among men and virtuoso virtue among women. In addition to providing a window through which to observe the sexual politics of the 1950s, the film is also the most enduring of the Doris Day-Rock Hudson comedies. Day is obscenely wholesome, Hudson is the epitome of a suave Neanderthal, and, together, they comprise one of the most perfectly mismatched couples ever captured on celluloid. It's a silly affair, a classic romantic comedy that bounces along on candy-colored charm and glib wit.
by Rebecca Flint Marx review