The Runaways (2010)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for language, drug use and sexual content -- all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Floria Sigismondi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 2010
Box Office: $2.0M
Apparition - Official Site


as Joan Jett

as Cherie Currie

as Kim Fowley

as Sandy West

as Marie Currie

as Scottie

as Cherie's Mom

as Cherie's Dad

as Aunt Evie

as Band Member

as Cashier

as Club Girl

as Fat Employee

as Grandma Oni

as Guitar Teacher

as Headliner's Roadie

as Japanese Journalist

as Japanese Photographe...

as Japanese Promoter

as Cake Shop Manager

as Record Executive

as Rockabilly Saleslady

as Rocker Boy

as Rodney Bingenheimer

as Sandy's Mom

as Skinny Employee

as Grocery Store Manage...

as Studio Engineer

as Wolfgang

as Boy in Audience

as Announcer

as Wolfgang
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Critic Reviews for The Runaways

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2012

... 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.

Full Review… | November 5, 2011
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

[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

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

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.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

The film might be intended as a cautionary tale, but that tends to get lost amid the lurid thrills and tacked-on happy ending.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Runaways


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 underwear kiss!!! They trade pills, but not boyfriends. Only the manager, Shannon as Fowley, seems cut from cloth made of something real, so see it for his performance as opportunist manager.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


Kristen Stewart at her best. and Dakota Fanning is amazing as usual.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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, I'd be disappointed because this movie doesn't delve very deep into anything. It's just there. Weak effort. Unless you're a fan of the band, avoid. And if you are a fan of the band, reevaluate your taste in music.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

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