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The Grace Lee Project is a clever, humorous, and personal exploration of identity, ethnic stereotypes, and the oppressive cultural expectations placed on Asian-American women. Read critic reviews

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When filmmaker Grace Lee discovered that her name is very common among Asian-Americans, she also found out that it carries with it a stereotype of the "good" Asian; a quiet, well-behaved hard worker. To see if this stereotype holds any water, the director travels the country interviewing other women who share her name. She discovers a wide range of women, and while some fit the image of the name, others, like a goth artist and community activist, certainly do not.

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Grace Lee
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Grace Lee
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In-Ah Lee
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Critic Reviews for The Grace Lee Project

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1)

  • Niftily shot and edited, The Grace Lee Project isn't just a witty unpacking of stereotype. It's also a welcome freshening of the old documentary saw that there's no such thing as an ordinary person.

    March 30, 2006
  • Although the filmmaker provides some welcome humor in her often self-deprecating narration, she also displays a self-indulgence that gives her effort the distinct air of a vanity project.

    January 5, 2006
  • Eager to find out more about these like-named folks, she launched a highly unscientific investigation. Luckily for us, she recorded everything in the fun documentary The Grace Lee Project.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Though self-centered by its very nature, Grace Lee's chronicle of other women who share her name turns out to be a funny and insightful exploration into identity issues we all can recognize.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In her small, witty autobiographical documentary, a Korean-American filmmaker named Grace Lee explores the personal and social ramifications of a name she finds oppressive.

    December 14, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • A breezy first-person video essay that goes in search of the average Asian American woman, all the while wondering if there is in fact such a thing.

    December 13, 2005
  • Niftily shot and edited, The Grace Lee Project isn't just a witty unpacking of stereotype. It's also a welcome freshening of the old documentary saw that there's no such thing as an ordinary person.

    March 30, 2006
  • Although the filmmaker provides some welcome humor in her often self-deprecating narration, she also displays a self-indulgence that gives her effort the distinct air of a vanity project.

    January 5, 2006
  • Eager to find out more about these like-named folks, she launched a highly unscientific investigation. Luckily for us, she recorded everything in the fun documentary The Grace Lee Project.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Though self-centered by its very nature, Grace Lee's chronicle of other women who share her name turns out to be a funny and insightful exploration into identity issues we all can recognize.

    December 16, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The thing that I love about her documentary is it features some individuals who are so captivating ... going so far to even break its own subjective sub-genre.

    September 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A Korean-American director takes dead-on, sometimes satirical, sometimes moving aim at stereotypes of Asian women.

    March 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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