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.
November 17, 2011
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.
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.
September 10, 2010
Given that the band were more about attitude than music, there's not a lot of substance here.
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.
September 9, 2010
Exuberant and aggressive but also questionable and ambivalent.
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 result is an entertaining mess: lively and stylish, but frustratingly inconsequential.
August 8, 2010
Dakota Fanning's pre-teen innocent appearance contributes greatly to the captivating nature of her metamorphosis into rock diva in The Runaways.
July 13, 2010
It has problems but it does do one thing well: it captures the madness and exhilaration of being young, hungry and female in '70s rock'n'roll, a time when when glam rock and punk collided with a sort of feminism.
July 6, 2010
The Runaways is cool, but the Runaways were just so much cooler.
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
Excess is abundant in photographer and music-video director Floria Sigismondi's energetic debut.
April 9, 2010
There's a flinty integrity in this movie's look at the rock grind, and Stewart and Fanning are intensely watchable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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