Shirkers Reviews

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June 30, 2020
Alas, Shirkers the narrative feature wasn't to be ... But that's okay: Shirkers the documentary is already full of creative magic.
February 21, 2020
An irresistible mix of insouciance and precocious maturity. Much of its charm lies in Tan's ironic irreverence as the film's narrator.
December 25, 2019
Sandi Tan directs a documentary that functions in two levels, one as a self-portrait and one as a mystery story regarding the disappearance and the rediscovery of the film. The great thing about "Shirkers" is that both aspects work extremely well,
December 2, 2019
The fact that everyone knows each other quite well, there is no holding back which gives the film and the story overall an extra added layer of truth despite the main mystery never being told, only speculation is left.
May 18, 2019
A quietly radical act of self-love and catharsis - an exorcism of childhood demons that is at once joyful and haunted.
March 25, 2019
In this sincere, engrossing documentary, director Sandi Tan looks back a quarter of a century at Shirkers, a quirky indie film she helped make that captured a mostly bygone Singapore.
March 1, 2019
The film is pervaded by an alternately whimsical and agonizing sense of mystery, one steeped in contradictions of accomplishment and missed opportunity.
January 11, 2019
This documentary is about all the effort that went into making a film in 1992, as well as detective work to track down a mysterious hustler who manipulated the filmmakers, and who sabotaged that 1992 Singapore film, 'Shirkers.'
January 7, 2019
A riot of movie clips... gives the narrative a riveting pace that sparks intense curiosity about even the quirkiest details.
December 27, 2018
The visual style of this eclectic documentary is intense and necessary. [Full review in Spanish]
December 27, 2018
A mysterious and frequently wonderful documentary.
December 26, 2018
...offers insights into Singaporean culture, the visual imagination of a young filmmaker, and the questionable behavior one a very strange professor.
December 26, 2018
What Tan has given us is an incredible, sui generis tribute to the international lingua franca of D.I.Y. cinempowerment.
December 24, 2018
It is rare that an artist allows themselves such a public interrogation of failure.
December 23, 2018
Like an essayistic mystery story told in the form of a prodigiously cinematic 16mm inflected punk zine, Shirkers is nothing short of remarkable nonfiction cinema.
December 7, 2018
It's a charming, wistful movie, and I trust Tan will not have to wait another 20 years to direct her next film.
December 6, 2018
The stuff about Cardona is obviously the draw [but seeing its] potential historical importance in hindsight is to weep for those never-made works it wasn't here to inspire.
November 29, 2018
Ultimately less about the unfinished 1990s film and more about the man who kept it from fruition. Thankfully, that makes it no less welcome an addition to the canon.
November 28, 2018
The movie is many things at once.
November 28, 2018
The unique, personal film is a truly remarkable one.
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