Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)

Director George Miller's follow-up to his own 1979 hit Mad Max is proof that not all sequels are inferior to their originals. If anything, this brutal sci-fi action film is even more intense and exciting than its predecessor, although… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 21, 1982
DVD Release Date: September 25, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Road Warrior is everything a bigger-budgeted Mad Max sequel with should be: bigger, faster, louder, but definitely not dumber.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Exhilarating entertainment -- and a textbook for sophisticated, popular moviemaking.

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Variety Staff

Director Miller keeps the pic moving with cyclonic force, photography by Dean Semler is first class, editing is supertight, and Brian May's music is stirring.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Out of the countless action movies produced in the 1980s, there only a few genuine works of art; [this film] might very well be the best of that extremely rarefied company.

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James Berardinelli

A straightforward action/adventure film, filled to the brim with over-the-top chases and stunts.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

For pure rhythm and visual panache, Miller has few real competitors; the climactic chase, with its deft variation of tempo and point of view, is a minor masterpiece.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

Miller doesn't take his foot off the accelerator for a second, and the ingeniously designed and staged road action is stunning.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A film of pure action, of kinetic energy organized around the barest possible bones of a plot.

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David Pirie
Time Out

Miller's choreography of his innumerable vehicles is so extraordinary that it makes Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark look like a kid fooling with Dinky Toys.

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People Magazine

The sets, costumes, makeup, special effects and stunts are all first-rate, as is Gibson's performance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior is a much better action film than its predecessor, but lacks a human element that was present in the original film. Outside of that… More
Phil Hubbs
The story continues as 'Max Rockatansky' is now a roaming lone wolf, a highway mercenary who does what he can for precious fuel and to survive. Just… More
Carlos Magalh„es
It may frustrate viewers looking for a well-defined plot, but for those who love fast cars and roaring engines, thrilling action and exciting stunts, it is as… More
Dan Schultz
A capable sequel to the first apocalyptic wasteland film concerning a now vengeful, angry Max (Mel Gibson), who decides to help a small town, rich in gasoline… More
Eugene Bernabe
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior fuels up with even bigger spectacles and sequences of action and mayhem. George Miller escalates his post-apocalyptic sequel with… More
xGary Xx
Mad Max 2 is one of that rarest of breeds; a sequel that actually surpasses the original. Like Desperado and Evil Dead 2, it is a big budget reinvention of the… More