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A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.


  • Sally Field
  • Dolly Parton
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Daryl Hannah
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Julia Roberts
  • Tom Skerritt
  • Sam Shepard
  • Dylan McDermott
  • Kevin J. O'Connor

Atom User Reviews

4.4 out of 5



The densely populated movie, pumped up with unnecessary crowd scenes and a handful of utterly extraneous male characters, is as garish and busy as a TV game show. As directed by Herbert Ross, it is so intent on persuading the audience that it is having a heartwarming emotional experience you almost expect TelePrompTers to flash in the theater, instructing you to laugh and cry. [27 Nov 1989, p.92]

Metacritic review by David Ansen
David Ansen

Everything Terms of Endearment's detractors accused Terms of being: a synthetic, manipulative tragi-comedy with performances more appropriate to a proscenium arch - or to a drag show - than to the wide screen. And yet, there are moments in the movie of high comedy and sequences of searing truth. At its worst, Steel Magnolias is vastly inferior to Designing Women; at its best, it brings to mind (but never equals) Tennessee Williams. [20 Nov 1989]

Metacritic review by Jay Scott
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The principal pleasure of the movie is in the ensemble work of the actresses, as they trade one-liners and zingers and stick together and dish the dirt. Steel Magnolias is willing to sacrifice its over-all impact for individual moments of humor, and while that leaves us without much to take home, you've got to hand it to them: The moments work.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times