"5/5 STARS: MAGICAL... celebrates the power of youth and friendship. An unexpected delight... so much more than a film about a film, it’s about young women breaking the rules set in a conservative country..." —Charlie Phillips, The Guardian
"Gloriously, gleefully idiosyncratic… vastly imaginative”
"Wildly delightful... teeming with incident and personality... No amount of caustic self-criticism from Tan can dampen the thrill of witnessing the vibrancy and bounteous energy of everything captured within the frame."
"Enjoyably singular... an eccentric wonder to behold"
"An exuberantly dreamy grrl-power-meets-noir crime story"
“Sandi Tan’s Shirkers may be the year’s most compelling grifter story” — Julia Felsenthal, Vogue (interview with Sandi Tan)
"Shirkers has the handmade delicacy of a scrapbook come to life... [Sandi Tan] has produced a remarkable statement on the formation of a creative identity across many years and life experiences."
"One of the wildest, most inventive films of this year"
— Tomris Laffly, Film School Rejects
"There is an endless amount of things to love about this film... a dazzling tapestry... always unpredictable and layered... absolutely incredible"
"A cinematic memoir...colorful and quirky and bursting with youthful energy, combining the spirit of the French New Wave and American independent films that influenced it"
“shows that the bold creativity and insouciant ingenuity of her 18-year-old self remains unspoiled”
“Giddy and glorious, Shirkers is a doc whose time has finally come."
The Vanishing — Sight & Sound magazine interview with Sandi Tan