Rated R · 105 minutes · 2010

Biography, Docudrama
The Runaways is rock ’n’ roll defanged. There is certainly a story worth telling here—about the inauspicious beginnings and the sudden end of one of the first all-girl rock bands—but it loses itself in the ephemera. Joan Jett went on to become, well, Joan Jett, and she’s one of the producers of this biopic, which casts Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as the leather-clad teenage Jett. Very few young actresses tap into nervous energy the way Stewart does, and while it works for Bella Swan, it’s the wrong note for Jett. As troubled lead singer Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning doesn’t seem much like a little girl anymore; maybe it’s because she sings the band’s classic “Cherry Bomb” in lingerie. There’s not nearly enough attitude here, and what there is seems misplaced. The sonic boom of The Runaways’ break-up, which ought to be some sort of climactic moment, receives little attention or explanation. In a sad way, it’s the appropriate ending for this film.
Official Site: www.runawaysmovie.com
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Producer: John Linson, Art Linson, Bill Pohlad, Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna and Brian Young
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Alia Shawkat, Scout Taylor-Compton, Michael Shannon, Johnny Lewis, Tatum O'Neal, Brett Cullen, Riley Keough and Stella Maeve


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Portland Mercury Teenage Kicks The Runaways: more cherry than bomb. by Ezra Ace Caraeff 04/08/2010
Memphis Flyer More an idea than a movie. by Chris Herrington 04/08/2010
The Coast Halifax Women, guitars and the big screen While Emily Haines was still enjoying Raffi, Joan Jett had already zipped up her red leather suit, chopped her shag hair and tossed beer bottles back at pissed crowds. by Sue Carter Flinn 04/08/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Death at a Funeral, Kick-Ass, Oceans, The Runaways 04/15/2010
Charleston City Paper The Runaways has plenty of grit and swoony excess Rock 'n' roll is presumed to be a man's business, and The Runaways in some ways illustrates why. The rage and blatant, narcissistic sexuality expressed by countless male rockers from Elvis to Mick Jagger becomes uncomfortable, even disturbing, when it is young girls doing the raging and teasing. by Felicia Feaster 04/07/2010
The Coast Halifax Hello daddy, it's The Runaways Outstanding performances help this cherry bomb rise above the usual VH1 biopic fare. by Sue Carter Flinn 04/08/2010
Indy Week Disappointing musical biopic Runaways Currie and the girls come to confront the powerlessness of libido without liberation. by Ashley Melzer 04/07/2010

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