[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
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
At its best, Young & Restless in China plays like a prosaic complement to the films of Jia Zhangke.
| Original Score: 4/6
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.
Somewhat schematic in its dual professional/personal focus, pic successfully demonstrates the stages of social development through the private dramas of its individual subjects.