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The Runaways Reviews

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Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
September 5, 2010
If it wasn't for the music, this biopic would be a total dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 7, 2010
Sigismondi dutifully lines up the same old stock elements to tell the story of the teen-girl rock band that had a brief but influential career in the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 26, 2010
For a movie about a groundbreaking all-girl act directed by a visually arresting multimedia artist, The Runaways is neither.
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 14, 2010
What begins as a sexually charged, energetic rock love story featuring two actresses pouring their souls into two iconic characters grinds to a halt beyond act one.
Sam Adams
IFC.com
February 4, 2010
As much as for its characters, "The Runaways" is a rite of passage for its stars.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 16, 2010
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning power the film through its lulls by the sheer force of their performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
April 9, 2010
Between Fanning and the outrageous Shannon, avarice glinting right behind his eyes, some scenes spark to life. But as for the overall story and an in-depth look at the band, we're left shouting for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 19, 2010
... the film breathlessly unreels snapshots of a trip that's so swift there's no stopping for deep-dish exploration, or even sufficient time for the band's 'noise' to work its black magic. It's an oddly old-fashioned movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
April 2, 2010
While not quite a dud, The Runaways is not the movie it should be. It's a packaged cake with vanilla icing and a Cherie on top. A maraschino Cherie, at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 19, 2010
A movie about a revolutionary rock band should be at least a little revolutionary itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 8, 2010
The film follows the band down the bog- standard rock 'n' roll madness route, and the shallow script doesn't offer much of an insight into Joan or Cherie's personalities along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 18, 2010
Shannon infuses manic life and libido into the crazy, controlling genius in caftans and in the process makes real the ego-destroying realities and unforgiving odds of making it as a band. But every time things get interesting, like the Jett-Currie relati
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Karina Longworth
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
March 16, 2010
It's sexy, but, in the end, skin-deep.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 17, 2010
Marked only by clichés about broken homes, the primal sexuality of punk rock, and the dangerous allure of drugs and stardom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
April 9, 2010
Fanning and Stewart, playing the two leads, are timid and lifeless much of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
March 17, 2010
This movie hints at a really fascinating story but just barely scratches at its glittery surface.
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
April 8, 2010
The single most boring film ever made about rock & roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
March 19, 2010
After all this, we can't help but ask, why Cherie, anyway? ... Shine on, Joan.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Glenn Gamboa
Newsday
July 6, 2010
The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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