(1998)

Critic Reviews

39

Metascore

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70
Variety
A winning look at cross-cultural romance.
50
For all its demureness, Restless captures some of the excitement of youthful romance in which the partners aren't just separate individuals but the products of divergent cultures.
50
Christian Science Monitor
The story is likable if not memorable, and the Chinese settings lend the basically ordinary plot a touch of novelty.
50
This intermittently charming look at East-meets-West culture shock in contemporary Beijing seriously overreaches its grasp.
50
Relying on rote culture-clash pratfalls, Gilfillan belabors the symmetries.
50
Chicago Reader
The real drama is the city itself, steeped in history yet undergoing a Western face-lift.
38
New York Daily News
Would that the film were as interesting as the setting.
38
New York Post
Boasts exceptionally attractive locations, but its painfully amateurish plotting, dialogue and acting -- combined with slack pacing -- make this Beijing-set indie romance something of a trial.
25
Mr. Showbiz
The film's title accurately captures the sensation of sitting through it -- stay home.
20
Writer and director Gilfillan has an estimable biography, having studied at the Beijing Film Academy and worked as an assistant to John Woo, but there's nothing in her prosaic feature debut that suggests this means a thing.

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