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Cinema: The 24 Hour Woman

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Richard Corliss

So much is made of the complexities of modern motherhood that you wonder: In the past, did people actually have kids, and raise them competently? Grace Santos (Rosie Perez), a new mother and producer of an a.m. TV show, asks herself this question in the spare moments when she’s not auditioning for a nervous breakdown. The film rings true to the desperations that pile on any frazzled working mom; but the tone is wearying, and the film looks peaked, ratty, as if it had been up all night in a bad mood. Perez, a born beguiler, has little chance to charm, let alone relax; even the actress’s dimples seem like worry lines. By the end, she and the movie have become so exasperating that they both deserve to be sent to bed without supper.

–R.C.

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