As far as its subject matter goes, the doc only scratches the surfaces, only reaffirming the simple idea that Internet censorship in China is prevalent and unfair.
| Original Score: 2/4
We leave the film with no idea how many people are doing this in China, where these two stand within the online community, and whether state media outlets have changed at all in response to them.
A narrow, albeit intriguing window into a technological revolt that deserves a more far-reaching film than this one.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
An engaging study of the disparate characters who are drawn to speak out when the authorities crack the whip.
| Original Score: 3/5
Whatever their orientation, both men are intrepid in pursuing the truth, the consequences of which are made clear in a series of terrifying late-film crackdowns.
High Tech, Low Life ostensibly examines censorship of the Internet and news media in China. But the pic is driven less by its subject matter than by its two very different and utterly fascinating bloggers.
"High Tech, Low Life" (not a good title) has a nice easy rhythm. It feels neither hurried nor emphatic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Maing's own camera captures the busy, rich and revealing life around them, with interested openness and visual intelligence.