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Steel Magnolias Reviews

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TV Guide
April 26, 2016
Ross gets generally strong performances from his ensemble, and an especially good one from Field in a role that really doesn't suit her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
April 26, 2016
A good film for the soft-hearted more than the paean to womanly strength that was its motive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
April 26, 2016
This is a little too dependent on sassy one-liners and is awash with sentiment by the end, but is still wonderful entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
December 4, 2013
Steel Magnolias is so immersed by the conviction of its story that in a way it becomes an extension of our own human experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 25, 2012
chooses to leave the rearing of her moppet to Dylan McDermott...or Dermot Mulroney. Doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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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Suzi Feay
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It makes a shameless bid for your heart, aiming to have you smiling one moment, sniffling the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
November 2, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
''Steel Magnolias'' is pop entertainment of an especially condescending, superficial sort.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
Good character study ruined by cliche-driven plot
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 27, 2002
Each of the women talk like they're reading a bumper sticker.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Watching Herbert Ross's "Steel Magnolias," you feel as if you have been airlifted onto some horrible planet of female impersonators.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
What the film has to offer is superficial, though enjoyable entertainment.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
As it so often is, it's not silly or cute or whimsical. It is genuinely funny. And as such it leaves most of the other films of its formula behind.
Cole Smithey
April 30, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 1, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 23, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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