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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.
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
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
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
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.
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
April 14, 2008
Nuanced and emotionally bittersweet%u2014not nearly as propagandistic (in either direction) as some might expect.
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
April 7, 2008
Eye-opening study of how China's turbo-charged capitalism leaves something to be desired, especially for the young.
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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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