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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 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
September 24, 2018
The documentary often struggles to extract deeper thoughts from its subject about her wild career as a pioneering rock feminist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
September 28, 2018
Joan Jett deserves a great rock doc. This isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2018
The film is a disappointment, and has limited value for viewers hoping to experience (or relive) the years in which Jett proved a woman could rock as hard as the boys.
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 29, 2018
Bad Reputation embodies the energy and zest which Jett injects into her music.
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 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.
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.
April 26, 2018
Bad Reputation reminds us that people with a knack for keeping their cool during trying times aren't apathetic. Sometimes, they're exactly what we - and our headphones - need.
September 26, 2018
Through interviews and archival footage, Bad Reputation shows how Joan Jett opened the doors for women to have a career in rock music.
September 27, 2018
This terrific film, with its archival footage, marquee interviews and context from the subject herself is a rock and roll must-see and a persuasive reminder of Jett's status in the canon.
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
September 28, 2018
A kind of sleeper triumph.
January 25, 2018
My issues with the film are minor, it's certainly a good film that will entertain hardcore fans and those unfamiliar with Jett's music. Joan Jett truly is a remarkable human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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 24, 2018
Guitar rock's original lady badass reminds us how she became an icon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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