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Total Recall Reviews

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March 4, 2013
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?
Dave Golder
SFX Magazine
January 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 17, 2012
[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.
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
October 5, 2012
Delivers a serviceable piece of updated movie product.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ben Kendrick
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 15, 2012
Engaging visual effects don't make up for a banal script and paper-thin characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5

Liverpool Echo
August 31, 2012
Directorial brio and eye-popping special effects hold our interest when there is nothing on screen to fire our little grey cells.
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 30, 2012
The effects, action and set are all terrific, with Colin Farrell on great form as the determined spy up against his lethal wife.
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
August 29, 2012
Ultimately, it's a totally watchable action thriller but not the film it could and should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 26, 2012
There's much to enjoy here ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
August 24, 2012
An all-out barrage of special effects that borders on a bludgeoning.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ben Mortimer
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
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
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
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