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The Runaways (2010)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: 122 | Rotten: 56

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.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 15

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.



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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


Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

Floria Sigismondi

Jul 20, 2010


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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (56) | DVD (9)

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

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Aside from following the clichéd (if real) storyline, The Runaways is plagued by something of a split personality, thanks to its two young stars.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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While Jett and Currie emerge as blurry, half-formed characters, Shannon's Fowley brings the contradictions the Runaways embodied into sharp, biting focus.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Fanning makes Currie's fame- and pharmaceutical-fueled transformation/liberation at once exhilarating and terrifying.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source:

... 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.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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.

October 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix | Comment (1)

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.

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

September 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture
Ultra Culture

Sigismondi's dramatised account of the band has echoes of Almost Famous as it captures a tangy flavour of the hunger for fame and the bittersweet reality of success in the Seventies rock scene.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The Runaways se mora preporučiti, iako prije svega svima onima koji su prije toga bili prisiljeni gledati Sumrak, odnosno iz terapeutskih razloga.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

For the most part it works, thanks to painstaking recreations of hazy disco-era dive bars, faded roller rinks and seedy motels, plus a ballsy performance by Kristen Stewart.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Fanning captures Currie's surly "Cherry Bomb" style effectively, particularly when dolled up in the notorious white basque that Currie is remembered for; Stewart is even better as the furiously smouldering Jett.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Given that the band were more about attitude than music, there's not a lot of substance here.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent

There's a wham, bam, thank you, man, quality to this music biopic that makes it a pleasurable rock rush that's easy on the eye, even if it fails to do much more than skate the surface of the band of its title.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Maybe The Runaways is Linson's way of showing that he can make a success of this subject, and I think he has done, with a film which shows how brutal and sexist rock'n'roll is.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

As far as music biopics go this is conventional fare, while the songs - like the fashions - haven't aged well. But with both women giving their all, you can't fault the enthusiasm.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Exuberant and aggressive but also questionable and ambivalent.

September 9, 2010
Little White Lies

Hazy both as a portrait of teenage excess (a lot of pouting, kissing, and kicking of dustbins) and as an account of The Runaways' fame in the second half of the 1970s (they appear to have been big in Japan).

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Essentially, this is Currie's sob story and it can feel too self-pitying at times, though the high-wattage pairing of Stewart and Fanning keeps it together.

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for The Runaways

If I had to cast a film biopic of The Runaways I probably wouldn't have thought of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning to play Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. That's why I'm not a casting director. Both do an excellent job. Stella Maeve was also the spit of the late great Sandy West. This is a very accomplished insight into the history of the band, I wasn't there but as Joan Jett produced it, I'm guessing it's pretty accurate too. A great band that deserve more recognition. The casting of Kim Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley is probably the smartest thing in this film, not to mention a work of genius.
April 30, 2013

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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.
January 19, 2013

Super Reviewer

Kristen Stewart at her best. and Dakota Fanning is amazing as usual.
October 22, 2012

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.
June 1, 2012
Jason Calvin

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    1. Joan Jett: I'M THE FUCKING WILD ONE!
    – Submitted by Prissy E (20 months ago)
    1. Cherie Currie: I think I just need a break... From the band.
    2. Joan Jett: If you haven't noticed, Cherie, we're in the middle of cutting a record.
    3. Cherie Currie: I just gotta spend time with my family, you know?
    4. Joan Jett: Who? Youre mom is in Indonesia? Your drunk dad? Are we not your fucked up family now?
    5. Cherie Currie: I can't do this anymore. I need my life back.
    6. Joan Jett: This is my life.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (2 years ago)
    1. Tammy: My brother said guys don't like tough girls. They want girls to be... soft.
    2. Joan Jett: Of course he'd say that, he's a pussy.
    – Submitted by Dejah S (3 years ago)
    1. Joan Jett: Good fucking job. No, really, good fucking job!
    2. Kim Fowley: Anarchy, mayhem!
    3. Joan Jett: [throws two bottles at window]
    4. Kim Fowley: Rock and roll, baby! Come on, Joanie.
    5. Joan Jett: Fuck you! Fuck you! [bangs on window]. Fuck you!
    – Submitted by Dejah S (3 years ago)
    1. Kim Fowley: I like your style. A little Bowie, a little Bardot, and a look on your face that says I could kick the shit out of a truck driver.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Cherie Currie: Hey, Derek, did Marie tell you she's not wearing any underwear?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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