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15 Ratings

Bad Reputation

Directed by Kevin Kerslake
United States, 2018
Documentary, Music


Gives you a wild ride as Jett and her close friends tell you how it really was in the burgeoning ’70s punk scene, and their interviews are laced with amazing archival footage.

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Bad Reputation Directed by Kevin Kerslake

Critics reviews

Director Kevin Kerslake moves the story along at a nice adagio pace, swerving into the archives to unearth vintage clips of not just Jett and her coevals performing but also David Bowie and one-time Runaways manager Kim Fowley, a troubling, multifaceted character, taking about the high times on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip in the mid-70s.
October 25, 2018
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Too many people do not think of the rocker Joan Jett as an important artist, and I doubt Ms. Jett thinks of herself quite that way either. “Bad Reputation,” a documentary on her life and work directed by Kevin Kerslake (the title comes from one of Ms. Jett’s hits), convincingly makes the case that she is very much that. And that she is a feminist heroine as well.
September 27, 2018
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The film matches [Joan Jett’s] laconicism, sprinting through her career highlights as if summarizing them.
September 24, 2018
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