The Runaways
The Runaways (2010)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

The result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut.

Michael Dequina

Fanning makes Currie's fame- and pharmaceutical-fueled transformation/liberation at once exhilarating and terrifying.

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Glenn Gamboa

The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable.

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Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... 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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

Aside from following the clichéd (if real) storyline, The Runaways is plagued by something of a split personality, thanks to its two young stars.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

While Jett and Currie emerge as blurry, half-formed characters, Shannon's Fowley brings the contradictions the Runaways embodied into sharp, biting focus.

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Dave White

[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

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Sex, drugs and rock'n roll get the once over in this nearly Disneyed take on the Runaways. There's "shocking" as two girls in their… More
Rubia Carolina
</br> The opening scene. A drop of menstrual blood hits the pavement. Itīs not necessary much more to understand that itīs a movie about girls. With a… More
Cynthia S.
Kristen Stewart at her best. and Dakota Fanning is amazing as usual.
Clintus Maximus
Being a quasi-fan of the Runaways back in their day, I couldn't wait to see this film. Its fairly amusing and thoroughly entertaining; maybe the best… More
Jason Calvin
This wasn't very good. Maybe I'd have been more entertained if I actually cared about the people portrayed in the movie. Then again, if I did,… More
Alice Shen
The story never penetrates the surface. We never really get to know Joan and Cherie beyond the obvious sex, drugs, and rock and roll, to say less of the other… More