“Adultolescence effectively captures the narrative voice of the first-generation Asian American young adult who struggles to make her own way into the world as she grapples with her upbringing that refuses to let her get away so easy.” (Audrey Magazine)

“Even among the most accomplished and original films to hit the festival circuit this year, Vicky Shen’s ‘Adultolescence’ stood out as a towering achievement in filmmaking and personal storytelling.  Shen explores themes and her characters in a manner that rendered her one of the true breakout filmmakers of 2011 and a talent to watch out for.”  (Living in Cinema)

“First-time filmmaker Vicky Shen made a smart, heartfelt debut.” (USC Asia Pacific Arts)

“A unique achievement in independent film-making, and film-making in general…Vicky Shen packs in so many compelling issues, ideas, and themes into the story, it feels impossible to sum up neatly.”  (Tonight At the Movies)

“Genuinely intense and raw feelings expressed in the film that set it apart from traditional fictional narrative films… ‘Adultolescence’ is a poignant Asian-American film with a strong female protagonist.  In some ways, it is a portrait of the artist as a young Asian American woman.” (Film Hustler)

“This movie engages the viewer with deeper understanding of family and presents multiple points of view.”  (World Journal)

“A smart, heartfelt debut” (University of Southern California’s Asia Pacific Arts)

 

ACADEMIC REVIEWS

“A memorable portrait.” (Mark Jonathan Harris, Professor and Chair of the Production Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts/ Two-time Oscar Winning Director)

 “It was interesting to watch ‘Adultolescence’ play itself out.  This is very much a coming of age movie from a female perspective.  It seemed that Lea was singing a story that I have already seen before.  I wondered if it was from a movie, but realized it was similar to my actual life.  Right as I thought the film would be summed up into an Asian-American experience, it shifted gears to emotional hyper drive.  Turns out ‘Adultolescence’ has many layers that kept me on my toes.   Each argument was written and acted out in a fashion to where immediate judgment was difficult to render.  The flaws were evenly distributed enough for one to develop their own personal connection and/or relation to the situation.  This movie allowed me to resonate with my own life and parental issues.  If it worked on me it can definitely work on the masses.”  (Cleveland Film Festival)

“I really like the passion, the story, and the performances.  I’m not surprised a lot of audiences have responded to this film.  There’s an honesty and raw emotion we don’t often see in Asian-American narratives.  I think it could hit a nerve with many audiences.”  (Donald Young/ Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media including CAAM’s national productions, PBS works, and San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival.)

“Vicky Shen is part of the new generation of talented, film school-educated Asian-American filmmakers boldly reinterpreting the sometimes didactic topics of ethnic cinema with an original perspective.”  (Kayo Hatta, Dir. of “Picture Bride”/Audience Award- Sundance Film Festival)

“Shen presents a complexity to the Asian-American experience rarely seen.  She dismantles the notion of people of color as “the other” in American society and shows how their everyday experiences mirror that of anyone else.  While Vicky tells Asian-American stories, she skillfully does so in a way that finds common ground with American society at large.” (Aaron Woolfolk, Ovation Winning Writer for “Bronzeville,” Writer & Director of “Hariyama Bridge”)

“I believe in (Vicky Shen’s) directorial vision and look forward to seeing more work from (her).” (Tribeca Film Festival)

“A rare piece of filmmaking… it reminds me to stay focused and watch for the real gems”  (Frank Galterio/ Artistic Director of Litchfield Hills Film Festival)