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It’s no surprise that the story of rock’s original female badass makes for a gritty, inspiring documentary.
The film captured why Joan Jett is amazing not only as a musician but also as a human being.
Los Angeles Times
The movie balances electrifying archival footage with useful contextual cultural analysis.
Film Journal International
although it’s far too fannish—this is not a movie that wants to dig deep into anything uncomfortable—it does give the rocker her props, while reminding fans of some modern rock history.
The New York Times
The movie chronicles music industry tales of glory and failure. These are dishy, but more interesting is Ms. Jett’s rock ‘n’ roll heart. The stories of how she mentored younger bands are moving.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
We learn a little about Jett’s activism, and hardly anything about her personal life.
Bad Reputation comes off more as a fanboy’s declaration of reverence to the queen rather than an interrogation of one of the most iconic women in music.
The documentary often struggles to extract deeper thoughts from its subject about her wild career as a pioneering rock feminist.
Joan Jett deserves a great rock doc. This isn't it.
The Hollywood Reporter
Despite ample access to its subject and testimonials from both Jett's contemporaries and the younger stars she inspired, the film is a disappointment, and has limited value for viewers hoping to experience (or relive) the years in which Jett proved a woman could rock as hard as the boys.
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