Young & Restless in China Reviews

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Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
June 14, 2008
Examines how the generation of Chinese recently come of age has adjusted to the country's embrace of capitalism and the ensuing rush to rapid modernization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
April 14, 2008
Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2008
A real-life soap opera you can feel sophisticated for watching -- after all, it's really about globalization, even if broken hearts and family dysfunction occupy center stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 11, 2008
[Director Sue] Williams should have used subtitles, rather than Western voices, to translate the words of her talking heads. Still, her film is a timely look at the massive changes overtaking China.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 10, 2008
Young & Restless In China is the first of a planned five-part series that will follow nine diverse Chinese citizens over the course of 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joshua Land
Time Out
April 10, 2008
At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 8, 2008
Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
April 7, 2008
Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young.
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
August 19, 2009
We see a lot of ambition and cell phone connectivity, but little style or drama to set this apart as a superior documentary
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
April 11, 2008
Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
April 8, 2008
Williams's multi-thread portrait is fascinating only as a scattershot, time-capsule sampling of those whose lives were defined by the Tiananmen Square protests.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 6, 2008
Williams succumbs to one of the most odious habits of the documentary filmmaker by having Western voices translate the words of her talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2008
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Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2008
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