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The Runaways Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 8, 2012
Fanning makes Currie's fame- and pharmaceutical-fueled transformation/liberation at once exhilarating and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
[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
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
March 30, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
The film might be intended as a cautionary tale, but that tends to get lost amid the lurid thrills and tacked-on happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 31, 2011
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.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 21, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
September 14, 2010
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.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
September 13, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 12, 2010
The Runaways se mora preporučiti, iako prije svega svima onima koji su prije toga bili prisiljeni gledati Sumrak, odnosno iz terapeutskih razloga.
Jane Crowther
Total Film
September 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 10, 2010
Given that the band were more about attitude than music, there's not a lot of substance here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 10, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
September 9, 2010
Exuberant and aggressive but also questionable and ambivalent.
| Original Score: 3/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
September 9, 2010
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stella Papamichael
Radio Times
September 9, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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