Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

"Total Recall" is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (29)
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Comments

Goliat Llull

Goliat Llull

Sometimes Ebert hits de point and sometimes he simply goes nuts. I hope this time is in the first one.

Aug 2 - 04:58 AM

Alec Low

Alec Low

Ebert is fantastic. Even when I don't agree with him, he still presents a great argument about movies

Aug 2 - 11:07 AM

Jebus M.

Jebus McGriff

Check out his How to Train Your Dragon review. It appears he did it by watching a few minutes and googling the book series on Wikipedia. ***spoilers for a two year old movie follow***

Bit him in the behind, as the basic plot of the books is very different from the movie. He wrote that the main character was 10, like he is in the books, but isn't close to in the movie. He wrote that there was a lot of aerial combat, which is ludicrously wrong. He wrote that it's good dragons against evil dragons. He wrote that the hero finds the dragon "already chained up" without realizing that the hero is the one who chained him up!

No indication that he actually watched more than the first few minutes and the trailer.

Aug 2 - 06:27 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Who gives a shit about his review of a kids movie?

Aug 2 - 10:07 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Who gives a shit about his review of some kids movie? I was forced to sit in on that travesty and I can honestly say I'd phone it in too.

Aug 2 - 10:08 PM

Narcisse Lefebvre

Narcisse Lefebvre

It's Speed 2 all over again :-)

Aug 2 - 05:21 AM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Only Ebert isn't the only critic to give a fresh score.

Aug 2 - 07:29 AM

Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales

your right rbert

Aug 2 - 05:47 AM

Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales

I'll see it for my self

Aug 2 - 05:52 AM

A Wise M.

A Wise Man

This sounds rotten to me, it sounds like a medicore "meh" score. I agree about the original Arnold flik, this is inferior in every way.

Aug 2 - 06:45 AM

A Wise M.

A Wise Man

This sounds rotten to me, it sounds like a medicore "meh" score. I agree about the original Arnold flik, this is inferior in every way.

Aug 2 - 06:45 AM

Jay Lim

Jay Lim

This reboot's action and visual effects are way better than Arnie's.

Aug 2 - 07:22 AM

Not L.

Not Likely

Oh well then in that case it must be good!!

Aug 2 - 07:25 AM

Ryan Wilson

Ryan Wilson

Transformers 2 had great action and visual effects...it also had an up-close shot of John Turturro's ass

Aug 2 - 07:30 AM

Kevin DeLoughry

Kevin DeLoughry

just the plot and acting (not tuturro)and useless information and racist jokes, giving powers to characters that shouldn't have them (superman's job)and the glaring problem of shia labouf having a career even though my cat could act better than him messed it up. But the effects were good yea

Aug 3 - 07:16 PM

General Wiz

Carlos Flores

Jay Lim wasn't saying this movie was better then Arnie's, or even good. He just saying it's not inferior in every way.

Aug 2 - 07:44 AM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

All the reviews I've read say the visual effects are better but not the action...PG-13 blow up robots action as opposed to hard R human vs Arnie carnage.

I'll see for myself for free On Demand.

Not wasting a dime in the theater

Aug 2 - 09:47 AM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

I stopped watching On Demand cold when they started sneaking commercials into my recordings.

Aug 2 - 12:03 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

I stopped using On Demand the moment they started sneaking commercials into my recordings.

Aug 2 - 12:08 PM

Onion Rovirosa

Onion Rovirosa

After reading his review, I am just going to rent the original and save me the 10 dollars plus refreshment of the movie theater.
Thanks Roger for helping me save some cash.
lol

Aug 2 - 07:40 AM

Zachary T

Zachary Thomas

Armond White much? haha

Aug 2 - 07:54 AM

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Ebert is the most respected critic out there.

Aug 2 - 10:04 AM

Chris Gironda

Chris Gironda

So Ebert has given this movie the same rating he gave The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises?

I'm not buyin' it.

Aug 2 - 12:52 PM

Robert Lisanti

Robert Lisanti

amen

Aug 2 - 12:54 PM

Ryan Hibbett

Ryan Hibbett

Why would you compare them? Anyways, it's not like TDKR even deserved 3/4. That should have been 2.5 at best. Ebert always has been and always will be a critic that goes off his enjoyment level and doesn't use the ratings to compare quality in films. It's something many of you people that comment on rotten tomatoes seem to not understand.

Aug 2 - 04:23 PM

Kendall Christianson

Kendall Christianson

your argument is invalid. you have no friends.

Aug 2 - 06:25 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

Actually he's right on the money. Movies should be reviewed based on how well they do what they are trying to do, NOT COMPARED TO OTHER MOVIES. Get it?

But, please, continue assessing people's correctness based on how many friends they have on a movie website. You're giving me a reason to live.

Aug 2 - 10:10 PM

Manuel Granados Vargas

Manuel Granados Vargas

In your dreams needs to take this less serious and comprehend sarcasm

Aug 3 - 11:26 AM

BarneyBhoy88

Connor B

Roger Ebert is the only person that can make me kind of agree with him even when I completely disagree with

Aug 2 - 04:03 PM

Cristian  L.

Cristian Loga

Ebert tells how the movie feels which for a lot of people is quite problematic...that's why they don't understand the preponderent good or bad about a movie (this time the good)

Aug 2 - 06:19 PM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

I see we now have the subcategory now known as "Ebert Fanboys" who'll defend Rodger no matter how crazy his taste in movies becomes.

No one else uses their "feelings" when rating movies. Rodger "feels" the movie.

wow.

You'd think Rodger was using The Force.

Aug 3 - 10:43 AM

Kevin DeLoughry

Kevin DeLoughry

How old is Ebert, cause he was old enough to be criticizing Jaws in 1975?

Aug 3 - 07:18 PM

Norman Berger

Norman Berger

Finally, a smart review of this movie. Really, if you don't have a memory of the other one and Blade Runner, etc what's not to like? Its jaw droppingly good. But plot? I don't got to show you no plot so don't look for one. Just enjoy the ride. All of this for $11. Pretty darn good.

Aug 7 - 10:28 PM

Find us on:                     
Help | About | Jobs | Critics Submission | Press | API | Licensing | Mobile