Beyond the explosive nature of the road movie, Mad Max also works as a character piece.
| Original Score: 4/5
Announcing a new kind of action-thriller, this impressively shot, ultra violent post-apocalyptic saga from Australia made Mel Gibson an instant star.
| Original Score: A-
Mel Gibson rules the road in the original Mad Max.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
Like all of the best exploitation films, it transcends its limitations while simultaneously embracing them.
| Original Score: 4/4
The greatest example of Ozploitation movies, George Miller's 1979 "Mad Max" is a pure cinematic anomaly.
This is brutal, exciting stuff, all the more impressive for its budget constraints.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Classic cult fun made famous by director Miller and then new star Gibson.
| Original Score: 4/5
Simple, but effective.
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.
Australia exported this creative, original, exciting, low-budget genre landmark which gave the young Mel Gibson his first starring role.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Some of the most determinedly formalist filmmaking this side of Michael Snow.
This was a great movie!
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.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5