Steel Magnolias

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

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

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Metacritic

75

No use fighting it. this laugh-getting, tear-jerking, part-affecting, part-appalling display of audience manipulation is practically critic-proof...The result can best be described as shamelessly entertaining.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
75

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
75

MacLaine grabbing Dukakis by the bangs, shoving her head back with a sneering “Have your roots done,” radiates more feminine fellowship than a dozen sisterhoods of the travelling pants. Not bad for a movie that alternates the tragedy of dying young and beautiful against the comedy of growing old and bitter.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine