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Steel Magnolias (1989)


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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



Jul 25, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

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

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

chooses to leave the rearing of her moppet to Dylan McDermott...or Dermot Mulroney. Doesn't matter.

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

November 2, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

Good character study ruined by cliche-driven plot

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Each of the women talk like they're reading a bumper sticker.

September 27, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

What the film has to offer is superficial, though enjoyable entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Steel Magnolias

"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 you go on this roller coaster of emotions. The characters feel so real. Many women can relate to this film. The movie is about motherhood, friendship, family, loss, and love. This film will always be a huge favorite of mine. My niece is even named after one of the characters. I cry every single time I watch this movie.
Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field are my favorite ladies in the cast. It's a complete chick flick. If you enjoy a good story that might make you shed some tears, then see this one. If not for the story then for the great cast and acting."
October 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

"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" message subverted by the constant backbiting gossip sessions in the beauty parlor where they make themselves "pretty", a girl power flag raiser pretender.
July 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Heartwarming! A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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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 highly recommend it.
April 10, 2011

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