Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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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 father-and-son thieves Jebediah Sr. (Bruce Spence) and Jr. (Adam Cockburn) use their jury-rigged airplane to steal his possessions and means of transportation. Max soon winds up in Bartertown, a cesspool of post-apocalyptic capitalism powered by methane-rich pig manure and overseen by two competing overlords, Aunty Entity (Tina Turner) and Master (Angelo Rossitto), a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Disjointed but it still rocks."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Great goofy fun."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Let's face it, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't terribly memorable."
‑ Christopher Null,
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Enough imagination, wit and ingenuity to put recent Spielberg to shame."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Quality, visionary sci-fi."
‑ , Film4
"Good action plus Tina Turner. Welcome indeed."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"The weakest of the MAD MAX films, but the Thunderdome cage match is worth viewing."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This film has showier stunts than its predecessors, and a better sense of humor. It also has Tina Turner, in chain-mail stockings."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mel Gibson proves to be a formidable warrior."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An admirable conclusion to the Mad Max trilogy: softer than its predecessors, but possessing its own unique voice."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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