Shirkers Reviews

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November 22, 2018
A fascinating blend of autobiography, cinema history and mystery.
November 21, 2018
A bittersweet gift.
November 17, 2018
By making this documentary, piling it with her delightful idiosyncrasies, and reckoning with her dream-thief, [Tan] has finally toppled the structure that had kept her down. A new, confident, and triumphant artist has emerged.
November 17, 2018
It's a consolation to know that Sandi Tan has been able, all these years later, to produce this incisive and compelling cinematic version of her story.
November 16, 2018
Shirkers is one of those films that seems almost too good to be true.
November 14, 2018
Shirkers is... a narrative that transcends grievances to situate personal experience in a larger social and cultural context.
November 6, 2018
Gently-paced docu-mystery has some cursing, mature themes.
November 2, 2018
Like Tan's original 1992 script, Shirkers is beautiful, complex, and haunting. It deserves to be seen.
October 30, 2018
The final product is more akin to a séance, a communion with a lost soul keen to still be heard from beyond the veil.
October 30, 2018
On one level, Shirkers is a memoir - a fond, self-deprecating mulling-over of Tan's crazy, inspired, partly embarrassing but furiously creative youth.
October 30, 2018
A one-of-a-kind story about filmmaking dreams deferred and eventually realized. (Broad Street Review)
October 29, 2018
Shirkers is a wild and wonderful descent into the unfettered mind of a teenage girl.
October 29, 2018
Shirkers is the kind of adventurous filmmaking that renders so many other bone-dry documentaries all the more tedious by comparison.
October 29, 2018
Deeply personal, fabulously engrossing.
October 29, 2018
Tan's doc is wide awake to her lost movie's resonance, as film meta-history ellipsis, as personal coming-of-age saga, and as "a time capsule of Singapore, both real and imagined".
October 27, 2018
Tan's joy in cinema is apparent in Shirkers' sometimes collage-like construction. Strips of home movies, found footage and clips from the movie that never was run across the screen, sometimes backwards and upside down.
October 26, 2018
Out of the ashes of the original Shirkers rose the documentary Shirkers, every bit as exceptional as its forebear sought to be.
October 26, 2018
Shirkers is part personal essay, part collage, part mystery, part mea culpa, and wholly entertaining. It's as energetic as a sometimes personally regretful trip down memory lane gets.
October 26, 2018
A movie that maintains its forward momentum all the while it's looking back.
October 26, 2018
A knotty detective yarn, a funny valentine to Singapore and one of the year's most ardent expressions of movie love, it tells a story of cinematic theft, and in the process, becomes an entrancing feat of cinematic reclamation.
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