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Total Recall (2012)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 217
Fresh: 66 | Rotten: 151

While it boasts some impressive action sequences, Total Recall lacks the intricate plotting, wry humor, and fleshed out characters that made the original a sci-fi classic.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 31

While it boasts some impressive action sequences, Total Recall lacks the intricate plotting, wry humor, and fleshed out characters that made the original a sci-fi classic.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police - controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen

Dec 18, 2012

$58.9M

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All Critics (217) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (151) | DVD (3)

'Total Recall' is Hollywood at its worst: pointless, witless, and so very unnecessary.

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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"Total Recall" is a toned-down, smoothed-out version of an amped-up, bug-eyed classic.

August 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (12)
Newsday
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This is a taut, serviceable sci-fi thriller with a couple of neat visual ideas, and if you're not familiar with either the Schwarzenegger version or the original story, the brain-bending twists alone will take you a reasonably long way.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (9)
Slate
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Casting and visuals are an upgrade, but we get far too many action sequences and not enough of the mind games.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (36)
Richard Roeper.com
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I was no particular fan of the first Total Recall, but I confess that this flat, by-the-numbers remake made me a tad nostalgic for its bombastic preposterousness.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (7)
The Atlantic
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Whatever tug Total Recall has on the imagination comes from the vague sense we've seen it all before. And seen it better: from Christopher Nolan's Inception to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (9)
Denver Post
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A generic, inconsequential sci-fi caper that looks slick and has a famous title, and offers little else, no matter how many nipples the whores have.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

It would rather be a blockbuster than a mind-bender. It turns out to be neither.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

More or less serviceable action thriller with some nice ideas for visual set pieces, but did it really have to be as long as it is?

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

Messing with memories is how you forget that a better version of Total Recall happened 22 years ago.

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

If there had never been an 'original' Total Recall, the reaction to Wiseman's version would surely have been a lot less frosty. Because in and of itself, it's a decent enough sci-fi action flick - severely flawed, but a lot of fun.

January 2, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Visually, the 2012 remake is better than the original, with interesting set and background designs, decent enough futuristic vehicles, and superb special effects. The plot is another story.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Wiseman makes mildly pretty films, full of blues and grays and lens flares, but they're the definition of bland.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

[D]irector Len Underworld Wiseman's least hacktackular movie yet, which isn't to say that it's quality entertainment, but it is some solid B-grade processed-cheese-product movie junk food.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

While far from terrible, this retread forgoes any qualities to justify its existence in the first place. It will be justly forgotten before long.

November 5, 2012
Projection Booth

A remake that's well-worth missing.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This new version of Total Recall is the cinematic equivalent of a vibrator: it is whirling, sleek, shiny and utterly artificial, yet it gets you where you need to go.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Comments (2)
The Aristocrat

A bright and shiny slice of blockbuster sci-fi that's so dazzling it makes tender love to your retinas but so underwhelming it practically wipes itself from your memory the instant it's over.

October 19, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

Delivers a serviceable piece of updated movie product.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Enough visual spectacle to make viewers wish they had three eyeballs but thin characters and a convoluted story ultimately undermine Wiseman's successes.

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Total Recall is it's own beast - one that needs to be caged off and held at arm's length. It is a mess, a wasteful rethink that was never needed and lousy movie at worst.

September 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic
Shotgun Critic

"Total Recall" is a totally unnecessary remake of a moderately amusing sci-fi thriller from 1990. The 2012 version starring Colin Farrell is about as memorable as yesterday's lunch.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Engaging visual effects don't make up for a banal script and paper-thin characters.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Total Recall is nothing more than a lazy, dull, soulless studio effort wrapped up in an enticing sci-fi landscape.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

What we end up with is a forgettable, monotonous reimagining that was wholly unnecessary.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

A sci-fi action movie that wears its influences loudly, what Total Recall lacks in originality it makes up in its brooding tech-world action noir spectacle.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Total Recall

You can skip this one.
December 25, 2013
Raajay

Super Reviewer

I'm a big fan of the original. Arnold's humor is my favorite part. This new one takes itself very seriously. That's not good. The film, after a good start and middle, falls apart at the end. From the moment Bryan Cranston arrives on the scene, the deterioration begins -- and I love Cranston. But the story has no convincing finish. Not a must see for everyone, but an almost-must see for fans of the original. It's nice to see the way they've integrated their references to the original.
April 22, 2013
binky013

Super Reviewer

A very decent film in it's own right, and no it's not a straight remake! If you watch the first film again today it sure does look dated now. The main theme or plot is similar but put into a different context and setting altogether. The technology you see in the film was very interesting as well and there is plenty of action and very good SFX. It has a few nods towards the old film but seems to borrow elements from a number of Sci-Fi films including Blade Runner, especially for the look of the city. Even Star Wars Attack of the clones, Robocop. Throw in Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale, it's not a bad way to treat your eyes for 2 hours!
April 12, 2013
Deano78

Super Reviewer

Such a shame and waste of a unique plot and talented cast couldnt pull this action packed mess together!
The action should keep you entertained to a degree but if your looking for more then you'll be sorely disappointed.
March 29, 2013
FiLmCrAzY
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    1. Douglas Quaid: Why you trying to kill me? Talk! Or we can skip straight til' death do us part!
    2. Lori Quaid: I'm not your wife
    3. Douglas Quaid: That's bullshit we've been married seven years!
    4. Lori Quaid: I'm UFB Police Intel, assigned to play your wife, six weeks ago I didn't even know you.
    5. Douglas Quaid: Our marriage?
    6. Lori Quaid: What can I say? I give good wife. Come on, deep down did you really believe someone like me, would marry someone like you, and live, in this shithole!?
    – Submitted by James W (6 months ago)
    1. Lori Quaid: Are you fucking kidding me?
    – Submitted by Manu A (9 months ago)
    1. Lori Quaid: Get some sleep.
    2. Douglas Quaid: Sleep scares me.
    3. Lori Quaid: Well, dream of me.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (13 months ago)
    1. Melina: That's your wife!?
    2. Douglas Quaid/Hauser: I think we're separated.
    – Submitted by Piarre W (15 months ago)
    1. Melina: I've been looking for you everywhere.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (15 months ago)
    1. Lori Quaid: By the way, you haven't even begun to to see me try to kill you.
    – Submitted by Matthew D (15 months ago)
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