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Mad Max Reviews

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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-

May 6, 2008
This is brutal, exciting stuff, all the more impressive for its budget constraints.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
March 31, 2008
Made in 1979, Mad Max set the tone for Eighties action films with its futuristic setting, its vivid violence, and its lone hero trying to hold the world at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Crum
August 3, 2007
Classic cult fun made famous by director Miller and then new star Gibson.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 4, 2007
The stunt work is spectacular.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

Empire Magazine
May 30, 2007
Simple, but effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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

TV Guide
May 30, 2007
Australia exported this creative, original, exciting, low-budget genre landmark which gave the young Mel Gibson his first starring role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 30, 2007
Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
August 4, 2006
This was a great movie!
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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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.
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
Gregory Weinkauf
July 8, 2005
Encompasses the essence of the sexy revenge flick.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 19, 2004
Cult low-budgeter that benefits from Miller's direction and Gibson's then lack of self-importance.
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
Gibson's thoroughly charismatic performance, along with Miller's treatment of the film's few high-octane moments, goes a long way towards keeping things interesting for the majority of Mad Max's mercifully brief running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
This import B-movie gem launched not only [Mel Gibson's] career, but the whole post-apocalyptic genre of the 80's and beyond.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Mad Max is the exciting original that got the whole series (and Mel Gibson) rolling.
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