Mad Max Reviews

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Peter Ackroyd
The Spectator
May 11, 2015
Suffers from a case of terminal fatigue.
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2007
The stunt work is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tom Buckley
New York Times
May 21, 2003
Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers.
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

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.
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
Top Critic
David Pirie
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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James Berardinelli
May 30, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
March 29, 2012
Mel Gibson rules the road in the original Mad Max.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
May 17, 2015
No imitation can compete with the grindhouse jaggedness of Miller's original pursuit
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
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
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-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
February 7, 2003
Great, grungy, energetic story, eclipsed only by the sequel.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Though director George Miller took the post-apocalyptic tough guy Max a lot farther in the sequel The Road Warrior, Mad Max still packs in Miller's particular brand of black-comedy thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 17, 2015
An action masterpiece...
Top Critic
Variety Staff
May 30, 2007
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.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
More jangly, visceral energy and encompass more creative innovations than something made with today's computer technology and bottomless resources.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Weekly
January 1, 2000
It's a tough and grimy little piece of cinema, full of ambiance ... and attitude, with occasionally inspired flourishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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