• Network: Lifetime
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 7, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 8, 2012
    100
    Even though we all know what happens, somehow in the hands of these magnificent women, you'll be wishing and hoping for a different ending.
  2. Fortunately, the new Steel Magnolias turns out to be a full 90 minutes of wonderful.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 5, 2012
    91
    References to Beyonce and Michelle Obama are worked in without reaching too hard. And the "black experience," although hardly monolithic, resonates in ways that make this version quite special and different.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Oct 5, 2012
    83
    The movie belongs to Queen Latifah, who brings so much heart to M'Lynn, she will make yours break all the more.
  5. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Oct 5, 2012
    80
    Downsizing to television not only doesn't hurt Steel Magnolias--it may have brought it into better focus.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 5, 2012
    80
    This movie comes most alive in those scenes when all the well-cast women (including Jill Scott as an unusually reserved Truvy) are bouncing off each other, biting but never drawing blood.
  7. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Oct 4, 2012
    80
    As far as revisiting a tearjerker goes, Steel Magnolias reliably hits the funny bone and will assuredly send you to the tissue box
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 5, 2012
    75
    Despite the tragedy that drives its plot, there's something slight about Steel Magnolias--a slightness that at times might have benefited from a lighter, faster touch. But it offers the pleasure of spending a Sunday night with some terrific female actors.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 5, 2012
    70
    This Steel Magnolias is mostly restrained and relentlessly tasteful, qualities the original could not have been accused of.
  10. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Oct 5, 2012
    70
    The easy humor and palpable love in the ensemble scenes give this Steel Magnolias just enough buoyancy to survive the pools of syrup over which it must traverse.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 4, 2012
    70
    As with the earlier film, the men are virtually an afterthought, but the women shine --particularly Latifah.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 5, 2012
    67
    There's pleasure in seeing such talented actresses bounce off each other. Woodard could probably recite Google search links and would still turn in an Emmy-caliber performance. But these flowers never fully bloom.
  13. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 5, 2012
    60
    While some tension looms throughout Steel Magnolias, it's really more a character drama.
  14. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 4, 2012
    58
    Still sweet and sad, but often dour and slow, too.
  15. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 4, 2012
    50
    It has some winning moments, and clearly the cast members are having fun with their roles. In the end, though, it just doesn't connect the way it really should have.

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