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Total Recall Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

August 28, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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"Total Recall" is a toned-down, smoothed-out version of an amped-up, bug-eyed classic.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2012
Dana Stevens
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 3, 2012
Richard Roeper
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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.

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

August 3, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

August 3, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Director Len Wiseman is good on action, and Patrick Tatopoulus's dystopic production design is within hailing distance of Blade Runner, his chief influence. But essentially this is a big-screen video game.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 3, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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Where Paul Verhoeven's original was testosterone-stupid and, therefore, fun, Wiseman's film is just boring-stupid.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 3, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Farrell is confident and competent regardless of the situation; there never seems to be any real threat of him coming out alive.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 3, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Those who buy a ticket to Total Recall may not go in expecting a generic Bourne sequel, but that's about what they'll be getting - just set in a Blade Runner universe made of giant gray Lego blocks.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

August 3, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The effects look great, but is that even worth noting when smart high-schoolers can make monsters on their laptops? What movie's effects don't look great these days?

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Today's Total Recall does nothing to tarnish the image of yesterday's - 22 years from now, I expect it to be hailed as a classic.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If you share its desire for straight adrenaline, the ride works.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 3, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I kept thinking: "Yes, that was surprising to me in 1990."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 3, 2012
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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While it may not be a fully realized take on Dick's forward-thinking work, it's still a far better film than the Verhoeven version.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped "Total Recall" is a bland thing - bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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The fun is fun while it lasts, it just doesn't last long enough.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 2, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Soulless, bombastic and numbingly repetitive...

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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Wiseman directs his film as if it's a shark... But really, it's more of a carp, shiny and pretty but fat and dopey, fed on nothing but scavenged leftovers.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 2, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The remake has no grace notes, or grace, no nuance, no humanity, no character quirks, no surprises in the dialogue and no humor ...

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 2, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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The new Total Recall is a series of set pieces whose CGI environments trump narrative logic.

Full Review Source: NPR

August 2, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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"Total Recall" is a doggone good time, with a bunch of nifty technical and visual flourishes, competently managed plot twists and elegant, Wachowski-esque action choreography ...

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August 2, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This premise contains the seeds of an interesting economic and political allegory, but the ambitions of the filmmakers - Len Wiseman directed a script by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback - lie in the direction of maximum noise and minimum sense.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 2, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There's plenty to excite the eye, but the mind remains unboggled. It's all visuals and no vision.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 2, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The new Total Recall fails on the most basic levels: Its characters are dull, and its action is duller.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

August 2, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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There's something sadly poetic about a movie dealing with disappearing memories that vanishes from your mind while you watch it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

August 2, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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In the end, here's the worst sin of this slick, high-octane memory play: It's forgettable.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The Total Recall reboot is a futuristic fiasco, two hours you'll never get back - and every minute is a bad memory.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

August 2, 2012
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
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Engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

August 2, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The richly constructed first hour is so superior to any feat of sci-fi speculation since "Minority Report" that the bland aftertaste of the chase finale is quickly forgotten.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Questions, questions nip at Len Wiseman's Total Recall like so many rats at the feet of a sleeping hobo. The big Why is Why bother?

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 2, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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The new version, with its humorless dialogue and Farrell's smoldering performance, suffers from a self-seriousness that undercuts any genre pleasures. But the action is thrilling and the futuristic setting superbly realized.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 2, 2012
Justin Chang
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Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 2, 2012
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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Wisemen's film is a soulless mess, reminiscent of the unwatchable "Matrix" sequels, while Verhoeven's movie remains a dazzling carnival.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 2, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Its only evident passion is for excessive lens flares.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

August 2, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The talented and fiercely physical Biel's musculature is more expressive than most of the dialogue.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
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Like a novelty cover band, Wiseman's "Total Recall" [goes] through a checklist of "things you have to do if you do a 'Total Recall.'"

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

August 2, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

August 1, 2012
James Berardinelli
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One of the great advantages of remaking a movie is being given the opportunity to correct problems - something not attempted here.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

August 1, 2012
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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After a rousing setup, this visually striking remake falls back much too heavily on its action roots, with one chase scene after another and another. After a while, it's tedious.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 1, 2012
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