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Bad Reputation Reviews

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October 30, 2018
Shedding light on a story of 70s rock and roll that is really a study of a turning tide in the fight for gender equality tunnelled through music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 29, 2018
Bad Reputation embodies the energy and zest which Jett injects into her music.
October 29, 2018
There's also little exploration of Jett's sexuality nor the more salacious parts of her drug addictions that she ultimately came out the other side of intact (if there were any scars, emotionally or physically, we don't learn about them).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 29, 2018
Jett says she wants to offer her fans "a primal release". A pity, then, that this film about her is so repressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 26, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 25, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2018
A compelling look at the life and the legend of one of the most famous faces of punk rock.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 24, 2018
Bad Reputation convincingly makes the case for Jett's importance as a music icon even if the seemingly ageless 60-year-old remains an enigma in a PVC catsuit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2018
Bad Reputation offers a convincing argument for Joan Jett's canonisation as a feminist rock and roll icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 3, 2018
Takes this black-leather-clad symbol of rebellion and reduces her to a kind of pop-up book, hitting salient marks without ever really digging deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
October 2, 2018
Find out why a trip to Japan was a tipping point, how Jett's heart infection spurred artistic growth, why she turned down Noriega's offer of friendship, and what she's doing these days.
October 1, 2018
This is a hugely entertaining film, recounting her life with humour and texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 28, 2018
[If] there was any dirt swept under the rug, that's where it's staying as the film is a celebration of her career, not a tabloid hack job.
September 28, 2018
The film lacks substance when probing Jett's personal life, yet corrals an impressive roster of interviewees to shine a deserving spotlight on its subject, her independent spirit, and her enduring music.
September 28, 2018
The film about her is more of a fact dump than a deep dive into what makes someone tick. At least it's told with a sense of energy and enthusiasm that makes it all easily entertaining and captivating just the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
September 28, 2018
A kind of sleeper triumph.
September 28, 2018
Joan Jett deserves a great rock doc. This isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2018
Bad Reputation roars through Jett's 60 years like one of her songs, snarling and unsubtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2018
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.
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