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.
We see a lot of ambition and cell phone connectivity, but little style or drama to set this apart as a superior documentary
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Williams succumbs to one of the most odious habits of the documentary filmmaker by having Western voices translate the words of her talking heads.
| Original Score: 2/4
Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.
At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.
| Original Score: 4/6
Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect.
[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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young.
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.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4