Almost a Woman (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Almost a Woman (2006)





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Based on the 1999 memoir by Esmerelda Santiago (the sequel to her earlier When I Was Puerto Rican), Almost a Woman begins in 1961, when the Santiago family -- single mom, six children, and formidable grandmother -- moves from Puerto Rico to a tiny apartment in New York. Determined to make a better life for her kids than might have been possible in the "old country," Mami Santiago (Wanda de Jesus) makes every conceivable sacrifice, and in the process loses two husbands. But the effort and heartbreak ultimately bear fruit when her daughter Esmerelda (Ana Maria Lagasca) enrolls in Manhattan's High School of the Performing Arts. Almost a Woman made its first TV appearance as a presentation of PBS' Masterpiece Theater American Collection.


Francesco Quinn
as Don Carlos
Yanniva Mendoza
as Alicia Santiago
Gabriel A. Flores
as Hector Santiago
Dawn Didawick
as Field Social Worker
Diane Salinger
as Mrs. Moore
Sarah Zinsser
as Librarian
Stacy Gallardo
as Norma Santiago
Alicia Kaplan
as Dr. Fishbeck's Nurse
Johanna Denis
as Gang Girl
Achilles Aiken
as Older Raymond
Bob Prest
as Jacob
Justine Williams
as Office Social Worker
Son Y Clave
as Salsa Band
Austin Noah Marques
as Raymond Santiago
Anne De Salvo
as Miss Narayan
Ana Maria Lagasca
as Esmeralda "Negi" Santiago
Luis Garcia
as Francisco Cortez
Wanda De Jesus
as Mami Santiago
Cliff De Young
as Mr. Burnett
Christine Healy
as Mrs. Parsons
Robin Lee
as Miss Brown
Peter Jason
as Mr. Fuller
Marisabel Garcia
as Edna Santiago
Patrice Fisher
as Gang Girl
Amy Correa
as Gang Girl
George Wyner
as Dr. Fishbeck
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Critic Reviews for Almost a Woman

All Critics (1) | Top Critics (1)

A historically vivid but dramatically stunted coming-of-age drama.

September 5, 2002

Audience Reviews for Almost a Woman

A tender, sweet coming of age story, based on the memoir of Esmerelda Santiago, about a young girl transplanted from Puerto Rico to New York in the early sixties. Newcomer Ana Maria Lagasca shines as the young woman trying to honor her hard working mother and her PR culture while attending the NY High School for the Performing Arts and its high demands. Her family may be poor, but they are proud. They may struggle to learn English and American ways, but they are hard working and upwardly mobile. The family may be quite large, even enormous by our standards, but that only means there is more love to go around. This was inspiring and heart-warming and just plain entertaining. Produced for PBS, the production values are top-notch. It refrains from showing us the grittier side of working in sweat shops and applying for public assistance, but there are hints of that darker side, if one looks. This viewer enjoyed it for what it was, one woman's recollection of what it was like to feel suspended between two incompatible cultures and finding her way.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

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