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Total Recall Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Paul Verhoeven have stretched their talents here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
July 25, 2001
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a fool to think he'll make it as the Johnny Carson of action films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 28, 2003
Mediocre sci-fi. Gained a cult following, for some unknown reason.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 24, 2003
Oh for the days when Verhoeven was still in Holland.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 27, 2001
Perhaps it goes without saying that Total Recall is no The Terminator, but let the records show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A gratuitous explosion of vainglory and guts, the movie is all firecrackers and giblets and broken glass. The overall effect is like wading through hospital waste.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 1, 2007
Ugly, stupid, loud, offensive, and pointlessly violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 10, 2005
...people are allowed to change their minds
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There may be people who overlook the Arnold Schwarzenegger performance in Total Recall who think he isn't really acting. But the performance is one of the reasons the movie works so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 24, 2002
Mind-bending psychodrama.
| Original Score: 4/5
Moira Sullivan
April 23, 2003
While it may seem dated today, the film showcases Sharon Stone, evil wife to Schwarzenegger. You may want to take notice of how precious air is after seeing it.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
April 17, 2005
Thought-provoking, flashy, and FULL of action!
| 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.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 17, 2003
A cheerfully reprehensible bloodfest, spiced up by Verhoeven's imaginative mayhem.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
It should please pretty much anyone who likes science fiction films. It should have a broad range of appeal on many levels.
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
Rebecca Murray
February 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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