"FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES uses a conventional mixture of narration, archival footage, talking heads, and candid on-the-street footage to bear witness to the complexity of the Chinese-American past and present and to polemicize for broader ethnic representation in American life. FROM SPIKES TO SPINDLES established Choy as a significant force in the development of an Asian-American cinema."
- Scott MacDonald, A Critical Cinema 3: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers
"The work of veteran filmmaker Christine Choy has often been concerned with revising our commonly and uncritically held views, most often with hard-hitting footage that simply marvels."
- All Movie Guide
"This film portrays New York’s Chinatown through an unfiltered lens, painting an honest view of a community built by laborers in spite of the powerful forces of the cops and real estate developers who run the city to this day."
- Asian American International Film Festival
"Choy’s “From Spikes to Spindles” offers a fresh, vital survey of the Chinese-American experience spanning more than a century to an increasingly activist present."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times