“Mad Max: Fury Road” Is Now One Of The Best Reviewed Australian Films Of All Time

Mad Max: Fury Road is an Australian film. Not in the sense that Russell Crowe is an Australian actor, or the Crowded House is an Australian band, where we take things that were grown elsewhere and claim the unreservedly due to some sort of tenuous connection.

No, Mad Max: Fury Road – and the Mad Max film franchise writ large – is an Australian property. And it is kicking some almighty goals at the moment.
The fourth instalment in George Miller‘s post-apocalyptic film series has finally hit cinemas, some 30 years after its Beyond Thunderdome predecessor, and the critics have been setting things alike.
In fact so overwhelmingly positive has the critical response been that the film is well on track to become the second most critically acclaimed Australian film of all time. Which in and of itself is certainly no mean feat.
Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes currently has Fury Road sitting on an approval rating of a whopping 97% off of 36 reviews – 35 positive, and only 1 negative (and that guy writes for the Daily Mail in London so we can only assume he’s still bitter because of the cricket).
The only films still ahead of it? Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and Breaker Morant. The only two Australian films that hold a perfect 100% rating on the website.
Top critics have been praising Tom Hardy‘s surprising sense of calm portrayed throughout the dystopian epic, as well as George Miller’s madcap “molotov cocktail craziness” that more than lives up to the original three outings of the franchise.
To put this in perspective, a bunch of Australian films have received high praise, but haven’t quite reached the levels that Fury Road is currently witnessing on Rotten Tomatoes. Searching the aggregator isn’t an exact science, but this is a general idea of the upper pantheon of Australian cinema (i.e. if we’ve missed any, please forgive us).
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior – 100%
Breaker Morant – 100%
Mad Max: Fury Road – 97%
Animal Kingdom – 96%
Picnic at Hanging Rock – 94%
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – 93%
The Piano – 90%
Crocodile Dundee – 89%
Gallipoli – 88%
Shine – 90%
Mad Max – 88%
Rabbit Proof Fence – 88%

Mad Max: Fury Road is in cinemas now. Believe the hype.