Steel Magnolias
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The title refers to those seemingly frail Southern belles who survive any and all deprivations through whims of iron. Robert Harling's original stage play was set exclusively in a Louisiana beauty parlor where an all-female cast of characters laughed, cried and compared menfolk. The film expands the playing field by including scenes at picnics, hospitals and the like, and by visually depicting the males who never appeared in the stage version. Dolly Parton plays the goodnatured beauty-shop owner, while Shirley MacLaine is the cantankerous town eccentric, decked out in grungy overalls and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Steel Magnolias is so immersed by the conviction of its story that in a way it becomes an extension of our own human experience."
‑ David Keyes,
"For all its violations of good taste and critical criteria, I laugh and cry every time, and I'll never let it go. So sue me."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"What the film has to offer is superficial, though enjoyable entertainment."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"chooses to leave the rearing of her moppet to Dylan McDermott...or Dermot Mulroney. Doesn't matter."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Good character study ruined by cliche-driven plot"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too."
‑ Ellen MacKay, Common Sense Media
"Each of the women talk like they're reading a bumper sticker."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
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