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The three leads provide convincing performances, with Dakota Fanning being the standout.
The Hollywood Reporter
The vigor and pace is electric, and the movie features three showy performances by Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon.
A conventionally enjoyable making-and-breaking-of-the-band saga.
Village Voice
In The Runaways' first hour, there's a guttural pleasure to be had in riding waves of rock-movie cliché spiked with socio-sexual commentary. The movie is at its best when working through the contradictions of teen sex-for-sale, when it's both turn-on and creep-out.
The Runaways broke new ground. And if "The Runaways" doesn't, it's still a movie worth watching - and listening to.
The most entertaining thing about The Runaways, a highly watchable if mostly run-of-the-mill group biopic, is that its writer-director, Floria Sigismondi, has a sixth sense for how the Runaways were bad-angel icons first and a rock & roll band second.
Boxoffice Magazine
Far from a perfect movie, but there are moments when it comes about as close to catching the visceral kick of the pre-iPod rock experience as any film I've ever seen.
There's lots of volume in these tunes--the soundtrack is killer--and at least everyone gets their rocks off.
In patches it's agreeably lurid, but it's otherwise ho-hum.
It's when the music stops that we run into problems. For starters, there are so many questions left unanswered.

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