Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

About 15 years after the events of Mad Max 2, nuclear war has finally destroyed what little was left of civilization. Grizzled and older, former cop Max (Mel Gibson) roams the Australian desert in a camel-drawn vehicle -- until… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beyond Thunderdome deepens the Mad Max character without sacrificing the amazing vehicle choreography and stunts that made the originals memorable.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

An astonishing display of virtuoso cinema that is destined to take its place among the most vivid and freshly imagined fist-to-groin contests in the medium's history.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The punky energy of the earlier films has given way to a self-conscious striving for significance, obscuring Miller's considerable kinetic talents in favor of a lumpy didacticism.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Disjointed but it still rocks.

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James Berardinelli

Miller never falls back on the formulas that have become the bane of too many recent action films, and his sustained cuts lend a clarity to the proceedings.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Enough imagination, wit and ingenuity to put recent Spielberg to shame.

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Quality, visionary sci-fi.

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Variety Staff

Gibson impressively fleshes out Max, Tina Turner is striking in her role as Aunty (as well as contributing two topnotch songs, which open and close the picture) and the juves are uniformly good.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

This film has showier stunts than its predecessors, and a better sense of humor. It also has Tina Turner, in chain-mail stockings.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

The performances are superb. The script allows Gibson to bring a welcome new dimension to the Mad Max character, and the actor rises to the occasion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
For the last outing Miller has taken a different route for his lone wolf character. Gone are the highway chases, road wars and Max's personal Ford Falcon,… More
Anthony Lawrie
Mad Max 3 has some great ideas but ends up a little messy. The kids are fairly annoying too and at times it feels like a horrible version of the Goonies.… More
KJ Proulx
This final instalment of the "Max Max Trilogy" has become more cheesy than ever, but also more entertaining in ways that does not seem like it would… More
Alex roy
Mad Max and The Road Warrior redefined the action genre. Not only did the films have some of the best action scenes ever filmed, but they also made Australian… More
Chris Weber
This might be the most polished and slick of the three Mad Max films, but it's also a bit of a mess and admittedly rather silly and campy, but not in a… More
Conner Rainwater
"Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves!" -The rules of the Thunderdome. While this movie just in no way measures up to the first two in the series, it has the… More