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Awesome: 4.55%
Worth A Look50%
Average: 31.82%
Pretty Bad: 4.55%
Total Crap: 9.09%

1 review, 16 user ratings

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Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
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by Rob Gonsalves

"All together now: We don't need another hero..."
4 stars

Easily the best, funniest, and most exciting of the 'Mad Max' films; perhaps the presence of a co-director helped.

In the cheerfully bifurcated plot, Max (Mel Gibson, not the happiest camper during filming, and it shows) follows his stolen camel wagon to Bartertown, whose leader Aunty Entity (Tina Turner in a flamboyant performance to match her outfits) hires him as an assassin, or something; it doesn't matter, because as soon as he refuses to kill his opponent in the gladiatorial Thunderdome, he's exiled and winds up in some atavistic wasteland ruled by feral children, who think he's their messiah!

There's much more humor here than in the other movies, and Gibson is amusingly grouchy throughout he considers the kids a pain in the ass. Everything leads to the prolonged, obligatory chase at the end, a breathtaking pursuit involving all kinds of vehicles.

Great goofy fun, with a hilarious turn by diminutive horror veteran Angelo Rossitto as the Master ("You want foot in face?"). Dazzling cinematography by Dean Semler.

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User Comments

5/04/12 Liz Not bad on its own, but totally divorced from the first great two 3 stars
12/25/09 Roco Peterpan shit 1 stars
8/07/08 JM Synth One of the best Part 3s ever. Spectacular and inventive 4 stars
3/25/07 David Cohen Gibson goes Hollywood, and he's never been the same since, sigh 3 stars
7/30/05 Dr. Zoidberg Rescued by killer Maurice Jarre score 3 stars
4/13/05 Indrid Cold Bizarre and not in a good way. Why is this constantly on cable? 3 stars
2/22/05 Captain Craig The best of this style of film. 4 stars
11/09/04 virgil best movie ever 5 stars
6/08/04 PAYNE Yeah not bad... Cant wait for "Mad MAX 4: Road Fury" 4 stars
6/05/04 Monster W. Kung Disgustingly boring and worthless; inept filmmaking at its worst. 1 stars
5/07/04 John as a continuation of the Mad max saga it's very disappointing - interessting in only parts 3 stars
3/26/04 R.W. Welch Another cobbled together sequel. Well off the pace of RW. 3 stars
3/26/04 Sarah 1st one rocked, 2nd one was lame, and this was excellent! Must see! 4 stars
3/25/04 tatum Better than expected, but the first two films were a lot to live up to 4 stars
3/25/04 Jack Sommersby First and last third are superb, but the middle is seriously dull. 3 stars
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