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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

This middle portion of the picture becomes dangerously preachy, but just before we and Max are bored, director Miller returns Max to his roots, a screaming chase sequence through a desertlike Australian landscape.

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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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's hard not to wonder why Beyond Thunderdome isn't better.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Beyond Thunderdome is the third in George Miller's Mad Max series, and it closes the trilogy like a lightning blast followed by the ominous, resonant drone of thunder.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Outrageously sinister, unblinkingly violent, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is everything that fans of the futurist road warrior could hope for and more.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't a bad movie. It has entertaining sections, decent performances and more than a few provocative images. But it also has a major shortcoming: It's too darned sane.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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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Peter Travers
People Magazine

There is something to get excited about in this third chapter of the Mad Max series: the powerhouse presence of Tina Turner.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome trades away its menacing thrills and violence for a much more toned-down, funkier and adventurous take. The film still has its… 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
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
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
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
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