The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger (1984)

In a crazy spoof of heroic monster movies that spawned two sequels, The Toxic Avenger is about the transformation of a mild-mannered, scrawny janitor into a thundering, muscular hero out for justice, morality, and in one case, a bit of sex.… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 11, 1984
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.

Anton Bitel
FilmLand Empire

here, beneath all the smiles and sun and buff bodies, is a vision of the US as a place of corruption, pollution, and violent criminality, with the ordinary law-abiding "little people" constantly at the mercy of a toxic American Dream.

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An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

The humor is not merely sophomoric and silly, it's aggressively so, and the bargain basement gore effects are over-the-top and excessive.

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Brian Orndorf

Still manages to trigger disgust and a handful of laughs, representing not only a key Troma financial victory, but it's quite possibly their finest original work.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Leave it to Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz to take typical superhero tropes and twist in to something wonderfully gruesome and absurd.

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TV Guide

Though it is silly, sleazy, and graphically violent, The Toxic Avenger does hold a bit of warped charm for fans of this sort of thing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel J DeMersseman
Lucas Martins
The best superhero movie in movie history.
KJ Proulx
For what this film is, it's brilliant, but I use that word very lightly. "The Toxic Avenger" is a disgusting romp with great practical effects… More
Alex roy
The Toxic Avenger is a perfect example of trash cinema at its finest. Brought to us by the fine folks at Troma, this is a ridiculous low budget parody of… More
Spencer S.
The most infamous of the Troma films, "The Toxic Avenger" features, what can only be described as, a mentally handicapped man who is turned into a… More
Aj V
The cult classic of a disgusting mutant superhero, is itself a disgusting movie. If you like absurdity and gore you'll love it.