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The Runaways (2010)

  R Closed Captioning

Floria Sigismondi

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Plot Summary

The film follows two friends, Joan Jett (KRISTEN STEWART) and Cherie Currie (DAKOTA FANNING), as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (MICHAEL SHANNON), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself and so do its two leads: Joan is the band's pure rock' n' roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 178
  • Fresh: 122
  • Rotten: 56
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Really, how can you not love Joan Jett weeing on a guitar then slipping over in her own piss? It's Frank Spencer meets Sid Vicious. – Catherine Bray, Film4, Sep 9, 2010

Fresh: There is too much done for sheer effect in the film, from camera angles to complete scenes, but not enough to explore the substance of these characters and their decisions – Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Jul 11, 2010

Fresh: A hugely enjoyable trash fest. The perfect way for Runaways virgins to pop their Cherry Bomb. – David Michael Brown, Empire Magazine Australasia, Jul 20, 2010

Rotten: 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). – Leo Robson, Financial Times, Sep 9, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Pretty amazing!

A great movie to watch and I loved it! A great performance from Kristen Stewart, she should be know for this movie not Twilight.

Time period re-creation is Dead On.

This movie didn't miss a thing. The hair, the clothes, music, language, everything is accurate to the period. I should know because I'm 48 years old and '76-'77 were my mid-teen years just like Cherie. I can't believe how mature Dakota and Kristen are in their roles. It's as if they were really there. Dakota was 15 during filming. This film deserves more credit, and was not in theatres long enough. I consider it a rock and roll classic. My pre-order is in.


Show's that girls can rock out just as hard as the guys.

The Runaways (2010)
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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