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Mad Max Reviews

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David Keyes
October 4, 2015
A solid and entertaining spectacle, filled with brilliantly staged action scenes and made all the more fascinating for its oracular indication of the age of bold movie science fiction that was to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 17, 2015
An action masterpiece...
Fernando F. Croce
May 17, 2015
No imitation can compete with the grindhouse jaggedness of Miller's original pursuit
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 17, 2015
Its perhaps unjustified narrative shortcuts hardly seem to be much worth complaining about in the middle of its flawless action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 15, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 14, 2015
If you haven't seen writer-director George Miller's Mad Max in quite some time, then it's very likely you're not even remembering it right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 11, 2015
[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.
Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
May 11, 2015
Suffers from a case of terminal fatigue.

People Magazine
May 11, 2015
[Max's] his weapon is a souped-up auto, which sets up chase scenes that make The Dukes of Hazzard seem like a hayride -- a feat director George Miller engineered with a meager $1 million budget. Dramatically, however, the film is inconsistent.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
May 11, 2015
Less pretentious and more gripping than the overrated sequel, The Road Warrior, but viciously violent and awfully shallow.
Stephen Danay
Under the Radar
May 8, 2015
Mad Max is a straight forward fusion of two B-movie genres popular in the 1970s: the car chase film and the vigilante revenge film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Josh Larsen
May 3, 2015
...essentially serves as the setup for the far superior Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeff Beck
April 27, 2015
While Mad Max has been hailed as a classic by some, it becomes plain to see that that reputation is not entirely deserved thanks to a bare-bones plot that doesn't even fill 90 minutes and a sluggish pace that will leave viewers struggling to stay awake.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 18, 2014
Beyond the explosive nature of the road movie, Mad Max also works as a character piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
February 8, 2013
Announcing a new kind of action-thriller, this impressively shot, ultra violent post-apocalyptic saga from Australia made Mel Gibson an instant star.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 29, 2012
Mel Gibson rules the road in the original Mad Max.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
R. L. Shaffer
November 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
October 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Vaux
Sci-Fi Movie Page
October 6, 2010
Like all of the best exploitation films, it transcends its limitations while simultaneously embracing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
September 5, 2010
The greatest example of Ozploitation movies, George Miller's 1979 "Mad Max" is a pure cinematic anomaly.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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