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The Runaways (2010)



Critic Consensus: Viewers expecting an in-depth biopic will be disappointed, but The Runaways is as electric as the band's music, largely thanks to strong performances from Michael Shannon, Dakota Fanning, and Kristen Stewart.

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The film follows two friends, Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, 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. Joan and Cherie fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley, played by 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.

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Kristen Stewart
as Joan Jett
Dakota Fanning
as Cherie Currie
Michael Shannon
as Kim Fowley
Stella Maeve
as Sandy West
Riley Keough
as Marie Currie
Johnny Lewis
as Scottie
Tatum O'Neal
as Cherie's Mom
Brett Cullen
as Cherie's Dad
Jill Andre
as Aunt Evie
Ray Porter
as Band Member
Kiaya Snow
as Cashier
Allie Grant
as Club Girl
Aaron Parker Mouser
as Fat Employee
Peggy Stewart
as Grandma Oni
Robert Romanus
as Guitar Teacher
Jay Thames
as Headliner's Roadie
Masami Kosaka
as Japanese Journalist
Masayuki Yonezawa
as Japanese Photographer
Hiroshi Sakata
as Japanese Promoter
P.D. Mani
as Cake Shop Manager
Mickey Petralia
as Record Executive
Antonella Sigismondi
as Rockabilly Saleslady
Nick Eversman
as Rocker Boy
Keir O'Donnell
as Rodney Bingenheimer
Lisa Long
as Sandy's Mom
J.R. Nutt
as Skinny Employee
Alejandro Patiño
as Grocery Store Manager
John Konesky
as Studio Engineer
Tim Winters
as Wolfgang
Adam Silver
as Boy in Audience
Koji Wada
as Announcer
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Critic Reviews for The Runaways

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (64)

Gorgeous imagery.

August 31, 2021 | Full Review…

It's a too-familiar rags-to-riches-to-rags tale without much substance. But it looks and sounds good, and now and again it rocks.

August 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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 15, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Given that the band were more about attitude than music, there's not a lot of substance here.

September 10, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Runaways


Sex, drugs and rock'n roll get the once over in this nearly Disneyed take on the Runaways. There's "shocking" as two girls in their underwear kiss!!! They trade pills, but not boyfriends. Only the manager, Shannon as Fowley, seems cut from cloth made of something real, so see it for his performance as opportunist manager.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Kristen Stewart at her best. and Dakota Fanning is amazing as usual.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


This wasn't very good. Maybe I'd have been more entertained if I actually cared about the people portrayed in the movie. Then again, if I did, I'd be disappointed because this movie doesn't delve very deep into anything. It's just there. Weak effort. Unless you're a fan of the band, avoid. And if you are a fan of the band, reevaluate your taste in music.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

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