The Runaways
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The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by Michael Shannon, who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself -- and so do its two leads: Joan is the band's pure rock' n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Fanning makes Currie's fame- and pharmaceutical-fueled transformation/liberation at once exhilarating and terrifying."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"In age-appropriate casting, Fanning doesn't put a platform boot wrong in her portrayal of a valley girl rock chick (circa. 1975) growing up way too fast, with neither the inclination nor the wherewithal to slow down."
‑ Fiona Williams,
"Director Floria Sigismondi brings the tale of this real-life pop-punk band to the screen with the traits of a vapid, glossy promo video. And it works! A shame about the length then."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler."
‑ Glenn Gamboa, Newsday
"There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"... A typical story of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, but it's told with style and energy that keep it from bogging down amid the clichés."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"The film might be intended as a cautionary tale, but that tends to get lost amid the lurid thrills and tacked-on happy ending."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It's not so much a shock to the system as a series of practised strokes, yet -- for moments at a time -- it makes you squirm happily in your seat."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Aside from following the clichéd (if real) storyline, The Runaways is plagued by something of a split personality, thanks to its two young stars."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"While Jett and Currie emerge as blurry, half-formed characters, Shannon's Fowley brings the contradictions the Runaways embodied into sharp, biting focus."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"[It chooses] to merely nod at the more complicated, strange and exciting aspects of the band's story and spend most of its time touching on the usual stuff"
‑ Dave White,
"Aside from Stewart transforming herself into Jett, once the band is formed, there is little about the film that captures the atmosphere of the time period."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"It's miles too long and doesn't know when to shut up, but The Runaways is too much fun to really do any damage to the world."
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
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