Shirkers Reviews

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 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.
November 28, 2018
The movie is many things at once.
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
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.
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
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.
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
An exemplary work of counter-lives and alternative histories, intimate self-portraiture and cultural reconstruction, hard-won empathy and painful reconciliation.
January 26, 2018
But this is so much more than a film about a film, it's about young women breaking the rules set in a conservative country - the process of doing that was a lot more powerful than finishing the actual film.
January 23, 2018
An alluring mystery spun from the joys and perils of collaboration,
January 23, 2018
Shirkers has the handmade delicacy of a scrapbook come to life, blending ample footage from the original production with candid modern-day interviews and photography.