Shirkers Reviews

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October 26, 2018
Shirkers is a movie about dashed dreams and the meaningfulness of closure, but it's the opposite of bitter or rueful.
October 26, 2018
Sandi Tan's Shirkers... is a study in memory and performance, as well as the complexities of women's friendship and creativity.
October 26, 2018
A joyfully idiosyncratic memoir of a joyfully idiosyncratic-looking film and its maker.
October 26, 2018
It sends you wondering at all the wild creativity and genius of young irrepressible women lost to time, held up or buried by the domineering egos of men.
October 26, 2018
The displacement she puts on the audience mirrors her own displacement in the story. Yet the overall absurdity and weirdness will put its hook into the audience.
October 26, 2018
With fascinating bravery, Tan goes backward in time in order to move toward a rectified future, confronting the memory of her complex, near-inappropriate relationship with Cardona, both an enabler and a betrayer.
October 26, 2018
There is a sense of relief at the end of the documentary that feels like the first big breath of fresh air after stepping out of a therapist's office.
October 25, 2018
What we - and Tan - come to find is that how the director describes or sees herself in the past doesn't always match up to her collaborators' opinions of the time; this is also a story about the stories we tell ourselves.
October 25, 2018
A strange, warm and winding tale of movie love and knifing disappointment, nudged along by Tan's soft and pleasant narration.
October 24, 2018
With Shirkers, Tan doesn't indulge in nostalgia, but rather evokes an un-calculated, offbeat sensibility that feels distant from our current algorithmic-driven culture.
October 21, 2018
Sandi Tan's view of what the original Shirkers represented, and what her new film should be, proves surprisingly expansive.
October 19, 2018
Thanks to the nifty, handcrafted-feeling montages that portray her youthful interests and tender narration, the film is enormously engaging well before a central story actually presents itself, but once one does, it becomes unshakeable.
October 17, 2018
Shirkers is a film that should be experienced more than explained. That sounds like a cop out, but it's an inspiring documentary about the process of filmmaking, the love of outsider art, but also a cautionary tale about trust and shadiness...
September 27, 2018
The first was, tragically, never completed. The second, happily for all of us, exists, and it's a gem, a treasure, the most delightful film about cinephelia since Ed Wood.
June 28, 2018
The genre-defying Shirkers from Sandi Tan might be one of the wildest, most inventive films of this year's Sundance documentary line up.
March 8, 2018
The texture of Shirkers is beautiful the way the traces of a black sharpie on the sleeve of a mixtape is beautiful. The audience is treated to visually arresting collages produced 25 years ago that are now given new life in animated sequences.
March 6, 2018
Shirkers finds the emotional grounding and even universality in a very strange story.
March 6, 2018
The viewer, more than the filmmaker herself, may lament where Tan's career might have gone. But she seems intent on moving forward - and this project may well be the vehicle for it.
February 6, 2018
Tan presents her multifaceted life story-vibrant, unbelievable, and full of such incredible women-as a dazzling tapestry that's unlike many narrative or documentary films.
January 27, 2018
It feels a bit like fate, as if Tan and her friend's work needed to buried only to be unearthed when the time was right, when a dash of nostalgia and the self-critical aptitude gained through adulthood can properly situate this strange work.
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