The Toxic Avenger

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A silly and ribald superhero spoof, Toxic Avenger uninhibited humor hits more than it misses.

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A 98-pound nerd (Mark Torgl) from New Jersey lands in a vat of toxic waste and becomes a benevolent monster (Mitchell Cohen).

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Critic Reviews for The Toxic Avenger

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (6)

  • Cruddy, primal, extremely violent, and fairly entertaining, it captures some of the snot-flicking spirit of the old EC comics.

    March 28, 2007 | Full Review…
  • An outlandish mix of gory violence and realistic special effects.

    March 28, 2007 | Full Review…
    Variety
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  • It all falls apart after an hour, chunks of the preceding entertainment reappearing as random montages.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • [It] may be trash, but it has a maniacally farcical sense of humor, and Tromaville's evildoers are dispatched in ingenious ways.

    August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
  • The humor is not merely sophomoric and silly, it's aggressively so, and the bargain basement gore effects are over-the-top and excessive.

    May 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Leave it to Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz to take typical superhero tropes and twist in to something wonderfully gruesome and absurd.

    July 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Toxic Avenger

  • Jul 23, 2015
    For what this film is, it's brilliant, but I use that word very lightly. "The Toxic Avenger" is a disgusting romp with great practical effects (at times), and a wacky take on the anti-hero genre. I must say that I had a great time watching this film, but the on-the-nose cheese get's a little repetitive. Sometimes it feels intentional and other times it feels as though the writers thought this idea would work so well that they got cocky. After a nerd falls into a vad of toxic waste, he slowly transforms into something so gross that the town is terrified of him, although he means well. Falling in love with a blind woman, saving the town, and just having a weird feel to the movie all around, this is one of the most odd films I have ever seen. That is a compliment for this film though, as that is exactly what it was trying to be. "The Toxic Avenger" is what it is, and it is what it is in the absolute best way possible!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2014
    The best superhero movie in movie history.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2013
    The political incorrectness and hilariously crummy acting found in "The Toxic Avenger" give it its few instances of humor, but its constant mean-spiritedness, grotesque violence, shoddy filmmaking, dull plotting and overall trashiness make it hard to enjoy. B movies can be good when handled with just the right amount of restraint and silliness, but "The Toxic Avenger" is just too much of an ugly thing.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    The Toxic Avenger is sick and ballsy, yet kind of sweet. The early antagonists are hip body builders who are some seriously sadistic murders. They're responsible for the two sickest scenes in this film, they hit and run a kid on a bike (killing him), and beat up an old innocent lady. This same group is responsible for the birth of the Toxic Avenger, a strong mutant being that was once a puny janitor bullied by them. The rest of the film, essentially, is of the Toxic Avenger fighting off criminals and getting revenge on those who humiliated him... There's also a little bit of a romance going on between the Toxic Avenger and a blind girl named Sara. This a very important cult film, and it's always a satisfying one to watch.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer

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