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

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

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
This bittersweet drama has a very nice cast and deserves credit for making us laugh and cry at the same time even in its most melodramatic scenes, but the… 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!
"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