Mad Max (1979) Synopsis
A leather-clad lawman (Mel Gibson) with a sawed-off shotgun hunts outlaw bikers in a barren future.
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Newsweek

By Jack Kroll
Junky, freaky, sadistic, masochistic, Mad Max has a perverse intelligence revving inside its pop exterior. It's a crazy collide-o-scope, a...
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75

TV Guide

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Though the plot is that of a simple revenge western, director George Miller infuses the film with a kinetic combination of visual style,...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
One does not expect to find references to Bertolucci in a action movie distributed by American International, but Mad Max is no ordinary...
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It's pretty much assumed throughout art and literature that the collapse of civilization will result in the rise of barbarism. That...
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70

Variety

The film belongs to the director, cameraman and stunt artists: it’s not an actor’s piece, though the leads are all effective.
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63

Washington Post

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Hackneyed at exposition, Miller demonstrates breakneck prowess at chase sequences and terrifying shock effects. [29 April 1980, p. B1]
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40

The New York Times

Mad Max is ugly and incoherent, and aimed, probably accurately, at the most uncritical of moviegoers. [14 June 1980, p.13]
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A Classic

By Fillfillbust
Mad Max was Mel Gibson's breakthough film back in 1979. This low budget film really packs a whallop and set new standards in filming breathtaking car chases. It's essentially a pulp comic book brought...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Outlandish post-apocalyptic action is too brutal for kids.
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