The Runaways Reviews

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February 8, 2018
The audience is meant to relate to Jett's indignation-the band's success should hinge on their sound, not their looks-but it feels like a bogus position, since we, in watching the scene on the lawn, have been made complicit in Cherie's objectification.
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
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.
September 10, 2010
Given that the band were more about attitude than music, there's not a lot of substance here.
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).
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.
September 5, 2010
If it wasn't for the music, this biopic would be a total dud.
July 6, 2010
The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.
May 3, 2010
'The Runaways' lacks an anarchistic punch - an authenticity and angst so distinctive of the band's rock n' roll revolution.
April 26, 2010
Joan Jett stomps into a montage sequence under "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" -- a brief reminder for those of you who are not paying attention.
April 23, 2010
The Runaways isn't bad -- it's got spirit and spunk -- but it fails to really punch across this vital period in rock history.
April 19, 2010
Angelic Dakota Fanning isn't very convincing as either a sexed-up, David Bowie-obsessed teen or a drug addict.
April 16, 2010
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning power the film through its lulls by the sheer force of their performances.
April 15, 2010
Sigismondi appears less concerned with factual accuracy and compelling storytelling, whether she's addressing the band's swaggering music or Currie's bisexual proclivities.
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.
April 14, 2010
The problem isn't that it hits so many traditional rock biopic notes. The problem is that it purports to tell the story of a manufactured 70's all girl band and, when it's over, the character you remember most vividly is the guy who did the manufacturing.
April 9, 2010
It's a tale we've heard 100 times, like another three-chord bar-band rock anthem.
April 9, 2010
Aside from following the clichd (if real) storyline, The Runaways is plagued by something of a split personality, thanks to its two young stars.
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.
April 9, 2010
Get ready to see Dakota Fanning in ways you never imagined, never wanted to see, can't believe with your own eyes and make you feel very very dirty.
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