Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
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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 the state of its post-apocalyptic world has only become worse. Several years after the deaths of his wife and child, Max (Mel Gibson) has become an alienated nomad, wandering an Australian outback that has fallen into tribal warfare conducted from scattered armed camps. After a road battle with psychotic villain Wez (Vernon Wells), Max meets up with the odd… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exhilarating entertainment -- and a textbook for sophisticated, popular moviemaking."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ , Variety
"An all-action movie that delivers all the violence and entertainment you could want."
‑ , Film4
"Few action flicks move as fast or as relentlessly as The Road Warrior."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Classic of its genre; Gibson is tops"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Gibson is suprisingly uncharismatic, but Miller makes up for it with whizz bang action."
‑ Bob McCabe, Empire Magazine
"I was still mightily entertained by Max, loooooooooved the way that those action scenes were shot by Mr. Miller and appreciated the whole mythology of the Max character."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Relying mostly on image and motion to tell its story, it's a classic action film representative of cinema at its purest."
‑ Paul De Angelis,
"A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Perhaps needless to say, this is the film that made Mel Gibson an international star."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Miller has just as much to say about human behavior and industrialization as he does about fast cars."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A brutal, exhausting, relentless action masterpiece."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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