For those who think the only music featured in movies these days comes from Michael Jackson, the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus, here's a dose of some real rock 'n' roll.

'The Runaways' tells the story of the mid-'70s all-underage-female Southern California rock band featuring Joan Jett and Cherie Currie who broke new ground in the music biz only to burn out before taking their place in the rock pantheon.

The film centers around the toxic relationship between Currie (noted child actor Dakota Fanning), Jett ('Twilight's' Kristen Stewart) and Runaway's manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who each have a vision of what rock 'n' roll stardom should be. A few memorable songs were recorded, most notably 'Cherry Bomb,' before the group imploded in 1979. Jett, of course, went on to solo stardom and she's an executive producer here. The story is based on Currie's autobiography.

Scout Taylor-Compton plays the band's Lita Ford, who had a few hits of her own after the Runaways, and Stella Maeve is founding member Sandy West. Music video helmer Floria Sigismondi wrote the screenplay and directs.

Reviewers generally applauded the films gritty period realism and the music's unbridled passion. Some bemoaned the lack of character development and lack of overall depth of the story.

The movie opens in limited release Friday and nationally April 9.

Read what the critics say after the jump.
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