For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
3.1
8 Ratings

Bad Reputation

Directed by Kevin Kerslake
United States, 2018
Documentary, Music

Synopsis

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.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
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
Read full article
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
Read full article
The film matches [Joan Jett’s] laconicism, sprinting through her career highlights as if summarizing them.
September 24, 2018
Read full article

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Bad Reputation

    The praise comes on pretty strong in this documentary on Rock 'n' Roll hall of famer Joan Jett and her impact on 'women in rock'. Jett faced an uphill battle in public acceptance and in dealing with the music industry but her legacy as performer, producer, fan, activist and inspiration has solidified her place in music history. An enjoyable but lightweight documentary that could have used more 'punk' attitude.

Related films