Total Recall Reviews

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Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
August 23, 2012
Len Wiseman's remake of Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi cult classic is dull, repetitive and uninspired, despite a big budget and an attractive cast.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
August 23, 2012
All that can be recommended here are a few fleeting glimpses of a fun and funky future for consumer technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Corry
Flicks.co.nz
August 23, 2012
Shows little interest in the reality-bending ambiguities of the original, and is content to tell a pretty straight-forward (read: dull) spy story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Mortimer
HeyUGuys
August 23, 2012
On the whole it's an enjoyable film, and a big step up from some of the muddled, self-important sci-fi flicks that have come out this year. Definitely worth a watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
August 23, 2012
Had he recalled the past with greater respect rather than crassly exploiting it for meagre present gain, Wiseman may have made a better film.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
August 22, 2012
Len Wiseman's remake improves on it [the original] many ways, though in other ways, it's slightly inferior. If only we could have combined the best parts of both!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Stuckmann
Moviedex
August 22, 2012
Paul Verhoeven's celebrated 1990 sci-fi/thriller Total Recall [...] is neither butchered nor bested by Len Wiseman's modernisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
August 21, 2012
Forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 21, 2012
If this really is the dream Douglas Quaid paid for, he should ask for his money back.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
August 20, 2012
"Bryan Cranston's hair," is the answer to many a question, now, chief among them, "What is the only good reason to see Total Recall?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2012
Relentless in its use of camera, editing and music to keep our engines revving in top gear, so much so we tend to flood our carburettors
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
August 20, 2012
With Mars no longer represented as a destination, the overall mood has changed from a sci-fi adventure to yet another big explosion action thriller with a loud music score and derivation from countless movies
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
August 19, 2012
Well, if you're looking for a walk down memory lane (ooh, a "Total Recall" pun), unless you like the occasional extra boob you're going to be sadly disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
A solidly entertaining blast of summer movie spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
August 16, 2012
...a rip-snorting, nonstop, high tension experience that starts fast and ends faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
August 16, 2012
...a rip-snorting, nonstop, high tension experience that starts fast and ends faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 16, 2012
As lackluster and needless a remake as one might've feared...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 15, 2012
It's more about memory than anything. If you recall the original, you're going to wonder why this remake was developed. If you don't, you'll wonder what the big deal is about this so-so actioner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Mottram
The List
August 15, 2012
Even with low expectations, you'll find this a wretched experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
August 14, 2012
Along with polish, we also get pedestrianism.
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