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Young & Restless in China Reviews

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 8, 2008
Jules Brenner

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 19, 2009
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2008
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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Almost everything experienced by the nine, who appear to be in their 20s and 30s, is garden-variety living and learning.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 11, 2008
Kam Williams

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 Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 4/4

June 14, 2008
Ronnie Scheib
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Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 8, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

April 10, 2008
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 14, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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[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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 11, 2008
Louis Proyect

Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young.

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April 7, 2008
Noel Murray
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 10, 2008
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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Hollywood Reporter
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