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Total Recall Reviews

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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?

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2013
Dave Golder
SFX Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 2, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 17, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

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.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2012
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

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.

Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk | Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Delivers a serviceable piece of updated movie product.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

October 5, 2012
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant

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

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 3/5

September 27, 2012
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 2/4

September 15, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 3/5

September 6, 2012

Liverpool Echo

Directorial brio and eye-popping special effects hold our interest when there is nothing on screen to fire our little grey cells.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

August 31, 2012
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]

The effects, action and set are all terrific, with Colin Farrell on great form as the determined spy up against his lethal wife.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

August 30, 2012
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post

I enjoyed its clever gadgets, like a palm phone and the way cars travel in the sky using magnetism, and the impressive action scenes, well shot by Beckinsale's director husband Len Wiseman.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

Ultimately, it's a totally watchable action thriller but not the film it could and should have been.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

August 29, 2012

A slick, high-tech, fabulously designed popcorn pusher. Yet the one big thing missing from the lark is the one thing that made the Arnold Schwarzenegger film so enjoyable - fun.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3/5

August 28, 2012
Alan Jones
Radio Times

There's much to enjoy here ...

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

What's missing - besides the fact the movie never goes to Mars, as the original did - is the loony, over-the-top panache Verhoeven brought to the story. It's a serviceable action thriller, but not a memorable one.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2012

An all-out barrage of special effects that borders on a bludgeoning.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B

August 24, 2012
Ben Mortimer
HeyUGuys

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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 23, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

August 22, 2012
Chris Stuckmann
Moviedex

Paul Verhoeven's celebrated 1990 sci-fi/thriller Total Recall [...] is neither butchered nor bested by Len Wiseman's modernisation.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 22, 2012
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