Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Exhilarating entertainment -- and a textbook for sophisticated, popular moviemaking.

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Variety Staff

Director Miller keeps the pic moving with cyclonic force, photography by Dean Semler is first class, editing is supertight, and Brian May's music is stirring.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Out of the countless action movies produced in the 1980s, there only a few genuine works of art; [this film] might very well be the best of that extremely rarefied company.

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James Berardinelli

A straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Miller doesn't take his foot off the accelerator for a second, and the ingeniously designed and staged road action is stunning.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Miller's choreography of his innumerable vehicles is so extraordinary that it makes Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark look like a kid fooling with Dinky Toys.

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People Magazine

The sets, costumes, makeup, special effects and stunts are all first-rate, as is Gibson's performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It may frustrate viewers looking for a well-defined plot, but for those who love fast cars and roaring engines, thrilling action and exciting stunts, it is as… More
Dan Schultz
A capable sequel to the first apocalyptic wasteland film concerning a now vengeful, angry Max (Mel Gibson), who decides to help a small town, rich in gasoline… More
Eugene Bernabe
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior fuels up with even bigger spectacles and sequences of action and mayhem. George Miller escalates his post-apocalyptic sequel with… More
xGary Xx
Mad Max 2 is one of that rarest of breeds; a sequel that actually surpasses the original. Like Desperado and Evil Dead 2, it is a big budget reinvention of the… More
Phil Hubbs
The story continues as 'Max Rockatansky' is now a roaming lone wolf, a highway mercenary who does what he can for precious fuel and to survive. Just… More
KJ Proulx
With such an adrenaline fuelled storyline, this sequel to the "Mad Max" trilogy is far superior to the first. With better action sets, better location… More