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Beyond Thunderdome deepens the Mad Max character without sacrificing the amazing vehicle choreography and stunts that made the originals memorable. Read critic reviews

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In the third of the "Mad Max" movies, Max (Mel Gibson) drifts into an evil town ruled by Turner. There he becomes a gladiator and gets dumped in the desert where he is rescued by a band of feral orphans who have been looking for help for years. When several of them take his appearance as a sign and go off into the desert, he follows them back to the town.

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (10)

  • It's comic books in a Cuisinart, all costumes and cute monikers and no story, a sort of case history of just what's wrong with sequelitis.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This middle portion of the picture becomes dangerously preachy, but just before we and Max are bored, director Miller returns Max to his roots, a screaming chase sequence through a desertlike Australian landscape.

    May 13, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Beyond Thunderdome is the third in George Miller's Mad Max series, and it closes the trilogy like a lightning blast followed by the ominous, resonant drone of thunder.

    May 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • There is something to get excited about in this third chapter of the Mad Max series: the powerhouse presence of Tina Turner.

    May 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome isn't a bad movie. It has entertaining sections, decent performances and more than a few provocative images. But it also has a major shortcoming: It's too darned sane.

    May 13, 2015 | Full Review…
  • An astonishing display of virtuoso cinema that is destined to take its place among the most vivid and freshly imagined fist-to-groin contests in the medium's history.

    August 25, 2008 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 17, 2017
    The only reason I enjoyed the first two was the violent car chases and stunts but this one completely changed the tone and feels nothing like what we are used to, The story is poor and predictable, The whole film felt camp and it didn't work one bit, There was one chase at the end but it wasn't great, The only thing this has in common with the first two is the name but apart from that it's a very big letdown.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 18, 2016
    The grim tone was stripped away in favour of adventure comedy. Max now arrives at a seedy trading centre controlled by Tina Turner who could not act, then he was cast out to a town of survivors of plane crash. I enjoyed the concept but the change in tone was a really bad move. The survivors of plane crash forming a colony was a really neat concept though, I am sure Fallout series has taken that element into the game as well.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 24, 2016
    Better than film history remembers, this Thunder-striking trip Beyond trades spit for polish without sacrificing the action as Mad Max takes a road toward the mainstream. In downgrading to a PG-13, this second sequel softens the character's defining hard-bitten edges but conversely deepens his complexity. Less biting and ballsy, this audience-friendly warrior road-trip troublingly makes the franchise more accessible to younger filmgoers, but winningly sports the same Mad-dening big-budget stunt spectaculars as its predecessor. In this PG-13-rated sci-fi adventure, a drifter (Gibson) exiled from the most advanced town in post-apocalyptic Australia travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen (Turner). Gibson makes the most out of this, his final go-round as the Road Warrior. It's only two years before Lethal Weapon will Max out his penchant for Mad rogues even more and the actor manages to show great depth and slightly less edge in this meatier exploration of the title character. Going nearly as big as her singing in Private Dancer, Tina Turner puts the Queen B in B-Movie and truly makes for a memorable villain. With a greater concentration on the road warrior women, Miller's third Max film shares some defining DNA with Fury Road. Too bad it took three decades to thread them through, but the wait proves more than worth it. Bottom line: Murtaugh and Rigged
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2016
    Not sure what happened here, but this is not the Mad Max I remember from the first two films. It makes sense though because after doing some research this wasn't originally a Mad Max film, but rather a Lord of Flies film. They changed their mind and had George Miller direct the stunts (which there's barely any compared to the first two films) and had George Ogilvie direct the actors. The first half of the film was fine, but the second half is boring, uneventful, and messy. You can tell there's two different ideas clashing because none of the second half of the film matches anything else in the franchise. I've seen people call this Mad Max for children and that is rather accurate. This just doesn't feel like it belongs with the first two at all. A sad way to end the original Mad Max series before it got rebooted.
    Josh L Super Reviewer

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