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The Runaways (2010)

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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.

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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 leads: Joan is the band's pure rock' n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.
Rating:
R (for language, drug use and sexual content -- all involving teens)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$3,600,000.00
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Cast

Kristen Stewart
as Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning
as Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon
as Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve
as Sandy West
Riley Keough
as Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis
as Scottie
Tatum O'Neal
as Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen
as Cherie's Dad
Jill Andre
as Aunt Evie
Ray Porter
as Band Member
Kiaya Snow
as Cashier
Allie Grant
as Club Girl
Aaron Parker Mouser
as Fat Employee
Peggy Stewart
as Grandma Oni
Robert Romanus
as Guitar Teacher
Jay Thames
as Headliner's Roadie
Masami Kosaka
as Japanese Journalist
Masayuki Yonezawa
as Japanese Photographer
Hiroshi Sakata
as Japanese Promoter
P.D. Mani
as Cake Shop Manager
Mickey Petralia
as Record Executive
Antonella Sigismondi
as Rockabilly Saleslady
Nick Eversman
as Rocker Boy
Keir O'Donnell
as Rodney Bingenheimer
Lisa Long
as Sandy's Mom
J.R. Nutt
as Skinny Employee
Alejandro Patino
as Grocery Store Manager
John Konesky
as Studio Engineer
Tim Winters
as Wolfgang
Adam Silver
as Boy in Audience
Koji Wada
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Runaways

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (41)

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

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

The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Newsday
Top Critic

Aside from following the clichéd (if real) storyline, The Runaways is plagued by something of a split personality, thanks to its two young stars.

Full Review… | April 9, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut.

April 9, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable.

Full Review… | April 9, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

While Jett and Currie emerge as blurry, half-formed characters, Shannon's Fowley brings the contradictions the Runaways embodied into sharp, biting focus.

Full Review… | April 9, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Runaways

½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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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