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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89%
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Critic Score: 89% 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.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

[The] film has been consigned to the grind houses, where audiences are responding as Miller wants them to. From there Mad Max will find its way to the film schools and revival houses, where its tough-gutted intelligence may be appreciated.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

No imitation can compete with the grindhouse jaggedness of Miller's original pursuit

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

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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David Pirie
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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its perhaps unjustified narrative shortcuts hardly seem to be much worth complaining about in the middle of its flawless action sequences.

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Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Manages not to waste a single frame of film even as it wastes countless motorcycles, trailers, automobiles and other vehicles across the bad roads of rural Australia.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Whole lotta dirt and rubber and bikes and bad accents and sawn-off shotguns and boy i bet the odor this movie made is unmatched.
Dan Schultz
A fun, terrifically staged and appropriately enthusiastically dystopian action film concerning a member of the police (Mel Gibson), feeling disillusioned from… More
Eugene Bernabe
George Miller's Mad Max is brilliant in its action-sequences and overall thrills. Though there are some slight malfunctions in its transitions, this film… More
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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