Bad Reputation

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Bad Reputation offers fans and novices a solidly entertaining overview of Joan Jett's trailblazing career, albeit one that might leave some viewers craving a deeper look.

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Joan Jett is so much more than "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." It's true, she became mega-famous from the number-one hit, and that fame intensified with the music video's endless play on MTV. But that staple of popularity can't properly define a musician. Jett put her hard work in long before the fame, ripping it up onstage as the backbone of the hard-rock legends The Runaways, influencing many musicians-both her cohort of punk rockers and generations of younger bands-with her no-bullshit style. Bad Reputation gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning '70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage. The theme is clear: even though people tried to define Jett and keep her stuck to one hit, she never compromised. She will kick your ass, and you'll love her all the more for it.

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  • The life and career of the groundbreaking rocker Joan Jett gets the dreary documentary treatment as the director Kevin Kerslake marches obediently through her career...with nothing less than wide-eyed adoration.

    Oct 26, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The big treat is seeing Jett herself talk and watching her still-strong bond with producer and best friend Kenny Laguna: two leather-clad old mates, constantly bickering but inseparable.

    Oct 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Jett is so free, she doesn't feel the need to speak to her private life. In her own way, that's as rock 'n' roll as it gets.

    Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Joan Jett deserves a great rock doc. This isn't it.

    Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Bad Reputation roars through Jett's 60 years like one of her songs, snarling and unsubtle.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • From Jett's groundbreaking recordings with the Runaways to how she defied a narrow-minded media establishment, "Bad Reputation" is a case study in how a musician stays relevant.

    Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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