Total Recall Reviews

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R. L. Shaffer
August 6, 2012
A wickedly violent, action-packed old school piece of warped, twist-filled sci-fi and Schwarzenegger cheese. You'll wish you had three hands to hold this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 5, 2012
Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Semley
Slant Magazine
August 5, 2012
Total Recall's caricaturing of Schwarzenegger, its flip ribbing at his stocks of action-hero cache, signal the deep, almost atomic level at which its satire functions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 4, 2012
When the leader of the rebels turns out to be Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it's clear that the satirical bull's-eyes Verhoeven nailed in RoboCop have here been turned into a more benign state of rib-nudging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 1, 2012
It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 30, 2012
Verhoeven's version of Philip Dick's story is vigorous, exciting, and inventive sci-fi thriller, combining pulp savviness, ultra-graphic violence, and Oscar-winning special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]
July 8, 2012
It's a blockbuster from another era, when a big idea, rather than a pair of 3D goggles, gave the film its extra dimension.
Peter Bradshaw
July 5, 2012
It's still a guilty pleasure - though the guilt quotient is a bit higher - and that's down to the still-extraordinary presence of the massively gym-built Arnold...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
July 5, 2012
Still a ripsnorting yarn with lashings of sex and violence that hasn't aged a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
An absolutely superb sci-fi film and a true modern cornerstone of the genre not seen since the deeper though less entertaining Blade Runner nearly ten years previous.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Total Recall is too much -- but it's too much of a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
May 31, 2010
Not only one of the best films of 1990, it's one of Arnold's finest cinematic accomplishments -- a fireball of a film...still disembowels like a champion.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Richard Luck
September 12, 2008
Total Recall is fine entertainment, complete with breathtaking action sequences and special effects that impress even in these computer-generated times.
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March 1, 2007
The fierce and unrelenting pace, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek strain of humor in the roughhouse screenplay, keeps the film moving like a juggernaut.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
A worthy entry in the dystopian cycle launched by Blade Runner, this seems less derivative than most of its predecessors yet equally accomplished in its straight-ahead storytelling, with plenty of provocative satiric undertones and scenic details.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 13, 2007
Say what you will about Verhoeven's penchant for extravagant theatrics, when he's not yanking the arms off people or putting bullets in their forehead, he tells a good story.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The future doesn't come any better.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 10, 2005
...people are allowed to change their minds
| Original Score: B
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Thought-provoking, flashy, and FULL of action!
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
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