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This stunning, post-apocalyptic action thriller from director George Miller stars Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky, a policeman in the near future who is tired of his job. Since the apocalypse, the lengthy, desolate stretches of highway in the Australian outback have become bloodstained battlegrounds. Max has seen too many innocents and fellow officers murdered by the bomb's savage offspring, bestial marauding bikers for whom killing, rape, and looting is a way of life. He just wants to retire and spend time with his wife and son but lets his boss talk him into taking a peaceful vacation and… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"Overnight, Mad Max went from being a U.S. cult hero to a mainstream figure, and Mel Gibson's place in the firmament was secured."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The tone sometimes wavers into self-parody, and there are occasional crude patches, but overall this edge-of-seat revenge movie marks the most exciting debut from an Australian director since Peter Weir."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Announcing a new kind of action-thriller, this impressively shot, ultra violent post-apocalyptic saga from Australia made Mel Gibson an instant star."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite its budget and other shortcomings, Mad Max is still worth watching and worth adding to the post-apocalyptic section of your home video collection."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"This is brutal, exciting stuff, all the more impressive for its budget constraints."
‑ , Film4
"Stunts themselves would be nothing without a filmmaker behind the camera and George Miller, a doctor and film buff making his first feature, shows he knows what cinema is all about."
‑ , Variety
"Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers."
‑ Tom Buckley, New York Times
"Mel Gibson rules the road in the original Mad Max."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Like all of the best exploitation films, it transcends its limitations while simultaneously embracing them."
‑ Rob Vaux, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Classic cult fun made famous by director Miller and then new star Gibson."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Beyond the explosive nature of the road movie, Mad Max also works as a character piece."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Perhaps a bit clumsy in the lumbering middle act, but Mad Max delivers the goods when it comes to pulse-pounding car chases and stunts."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"The greatest example of Ozploitation movies, George Miller's 1979 "Mad Max" is a pure cinematic anomaly."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The stunt work is spectacular."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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