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Mad Max

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Australia · 1979
Rated R · 1h 31m
Director George Miller
Starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley
Genre Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

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The New York Times by

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


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 gear-stripping vision of human destiny careening toward a cosmic junkyard. [21 July 1980, p.71]


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 assumption underlies Mad Max, where the strong prey on the weak, and Max steps in to be the equalizer.


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 action movie: it's a B-movie classic on the order of Truck Stop Women, and when its director, George Miller, steals from established filmmakers, he steals from the best. [15 April 1980]


The Guardian by Luke Buckmaster

Mad Max has always radiated an otherworldly vibe, a slightly sickly sensation that something at its core is fundamentally wrong.


Time by Richard Corliss

With his instinct and craft, Miller has provided more autosuggestive violence on a $1 million budget than The Blues Brothers did with half the Chicago police force and $30 million.

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