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The Runaways Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 8, 2010
The result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 9, 2010
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 | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 9, 2010
Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2010
There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 9, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 8, 2010
Jett, Currie, and the others are teen outcasts in Me Generation Los Angeles, aching to break out of their lives. You can feel their frustration, their need to make an unholy racket.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 8, 2010
Because the movie captures the period so well and argues so convincingly that the Runaways' very existence was revolutionary, it doesn't have to exaggerate the highs and lows to create a more salable story.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 7, 2010
The movie avoids many of the usual musical biopic cliches, but replaces them with an equally tired depiction of an innocent consumed by the wilderness she helped create, arriving at a muted, lethargic finale -- the antithesis of raucous rock 'n' roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 7, 2010
A well-acted and vivid re-creation of a dark, downbeat era when "girls don't play electric guitar," and you had to be someone pretty tough and pretty special to try it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
March 22, 2010
Like producer/Svengali Kim Fowley, The Runaways puts music second. It rocks attitude and sex, drugs and abandonment
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 19, 2010
The beats the movie hits are predictable enough that, after a rousing, raunchy opening act, the story of the group's fast rise and spectacular flameout begins to feel like an exceptionally dirty-mouthed after-school special.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2010
Floria Sigismondi has created a movie that's more interesting than the band that it's about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 19, 2010
The movie may be a little too tame in the end, but at its best it is just wild enough.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Preston Jones
Dallas Morning News
March 19, 2010
The band's few hits, like "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise," are all over the soundtrack, but the music, much like the people who made it, feels like an afterthought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 19, 2010
Fine work from Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in this conventional but solid look at the chick-punk teen band from the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 19, 2010
Fanning and Stewart are the deserving stars of the film, nailing every last look and lick, holding their own even as Shannon savvily attempts to nick every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
March 19, 2010
It may be, as Fowley says near the end of the film, that the Runaways "were a conceptual rock project that failed." But as a film about a certain time and place in rock history, The Runaways largely succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 19, 2010
Amusing though it sometimes is, the closest thing the movie offers to a reason for its existence is the post-Runaways success of Jett.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2010
Why should anyone watch this movie? And why would its stars make it, except to try to shake off their teen-idol images?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 18, 2010
If anything, it just makes you want to know more about Jett's back story and Currie's subsequent life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 18, 2010
It explains why kids needed rock 'n' roll, and why the Runaways still mean so much to those who remember them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 18, 2010
Say what you will about the Runaways -- they never played it safe. The movie does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 18, 2010
Told with a jolting, lurid energy, The Runaways feels oddly off-balance.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 18, 2010
There's something awfully literal about watching the group famous for the refrain "Neon angels on the road to ruin!" as just that. And not much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 18, 2010
The Runaways were the first major all-girl punk band. In honor of this distinction, they're now the first major all-girl punk band to inspire a bleary, excessive, and altogether mediocre big-screen biography.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2010
Making her feature debut, Sigismondi conjures up a cheapo New World Pictures vibe that's utterly persuasive.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2010
It's pungent and quick on its feet, capturing the clubs, the shag-heavy interiors and the Farrah-haired vibe of mid-1970s Los Angeles in look and spirit.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2010
Its interest comes from Shannon's fierce and sadistic training scenes as Kim Fowley, and from the intrinsic qualities of the performances by Stewart and Fanning, who bring more to their characters than the script provides.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 17, 2010
The most entertaining thing about The Runaways...is that its writer-director, Floria Sigismondi, has a sixth sense for how the Runaways were bad-angel icons first and a rock & roll band second.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 17, 2010
The Runaways broke new ground. And if The Runaways doesn't, it's still a movie worth watching -- and listening to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 16, 2010
Stewart and Fanning handle the vocals admirably, their live performances blending seamlessly with actual Runaways recordings on the soundtrack.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 16, 2010
The three leads provide convincing performances, with Dakota Fanning being the standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 8, 2010
In patches it's agreeably lurid, but it's otherwise ho-hum.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 28, 2010
Sometimes mind-blowing power isn't available, and a rollercoaster ride of stardom and depravity will just have to do.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2010
A quick-silver, impressionistic account of the swift rise and long, steep fall of rock's first all-girl band.
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
January 25, 2010
A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.