Mad Max
Mad Max (1979)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 19, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Staging the improbable car stunts and crashes to perfection, director George Miller succeeds completely in bringing the violent, post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max to visceral life.

James Berardinelli

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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Emanuel Levy

Announcing a new kind of action-thriller, this impressively shot, ultra violent post-apocalyptic saga from Australia made Mel Gibson an instant star.

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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.

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Tom Buckley
New York Times

Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers.

Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Mel Gibson rules the road in the original Mad Max.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Beyond the explosive nature of the road movie, Mad Max also works as a character piece.

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R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The now seminal dystopian semi futuristic Aussie vehicle based action thriller that brought Gibson into the limelight and gave us a damn good franchise to boot.… More
KJ Proulx
The premise suggests something a little bigger than what the film really delivers, but "Mad Max" boasts from a powerhouse leading man and some pretty… More
Dan Schultz
A fun, terrifically staged and appropriately enthusiastically dystopian action film concerning a member of the police (Mel Gibson), feeling disillusioned from… More
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Lucas Martins
Mad Max is the begining of best trilogy ever made. With outstanding chasing scenes and car crashers in a violent post-apocalyptic world. Exciting and unique… More