Synopsis: The film tells the story of the first female band 70s in rock history: The Runaways. Focusing on the two singer / guitarist Joan Jett (played by Kristen Stewart of Twilight) and vocalist / keyboardist Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning). Throughout the film finds trouble and will appear in the lives of these girls, that is, The Runaways.
The Runaways received generally favorable reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 65% of 142 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it got a rating average of 6.2 out of 10.At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 65 based on 35 reviews.
The performances of Stewart, Fanning and Shannon were picked out as some of the film's strongest elements.Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle noted that the film "doesn't always tell the literal truth" about the band, but felt that "[m]ore crucially, it conveys precisely what it was like to be young in the mid-1970s [...] And in getting that one thing right—in capturing that strange combination of despair and frustrated energy—it gets everything right." Roger Ebert gave The Runaways 3 stars out of 4, praising the performances of Shannon, Stewart and Fanning, while writing that the film's visuals and music "[helped] cover an underwritten script and many questions about the characters" which he found slimly developed.