Steel Magnolias
Steel Magnolias (1989)

Six women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton, newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 22, 1989
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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69%
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User Score
89%



Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

Field does some spectacular underplaying through the bulk of the action, revealing layer after layer of the feelings of this kindly tempered, deeply worried mother.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Steel Magnolias" is essentially a series of comic one-liners leading up to a teary tragedy, but let it be said that the one-liners are mostly funny and the tragedy deserves most, but not all, of the tears.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

A good film for the soft-hearted more than the paean to womanly strength that was its motive.

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Suzi Feay
Time Out

It makes a shameless bid for your heart, aiming to have you smiling one moment, sniffling the next.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Watching Herbert Ross's "Steel Magnolias," you feel as if you have been airlifted onto some horrible planet of female impersonators.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a little too dependent on sassy one-liners and is awash with sentiment by the end, but is still wonderful entertainment.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

''Steel Magnolias'' is pop entertainment of an especially condescending, superficial sort.

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TV Guide

Ross gets generally strong performances from his ensemble, and an especially good one from Field in a role that really doesn't suit her.

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

Steel Magnolias is so immersed by the conviction of its story that in a way it becomes an extension of our own human experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A bittersweet drama with a good cast and obviously made for women to see, and it deserves credit for making you laugh and cry at the same time even in the most… More
Kevin M. Williams
"Oh, I wish I was in Dixie!" for the middle class suburban wife set. Obvious to a fault, its implied "girls are in this all together"… More
Christian C
Moving film. This is Olympia Dukakis' best role. I love it more than my luggage!
Bethany Murphy
Heartwarming! A must see!
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"The movie has an even balance of humor and tragedy. I think it's one of the best casts in a film. The ladies just play the roles so raw and honest… More
Aj V
A beautiful drama, based on a play which is based on a true story. Plus I got to be in the play in high school! I love this movie, it has great actors, and I… More