Total Recall Reviews

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July 27, 2016
Schwarzenegger is never going to make the De Niros and Hoffmans of this world lose a night's sleep, but he has acquired a new confidence as an actor under Verhoeven's guidance.
July 27, 2016
Total Recall is slick, sly and subversive, and if some of the special effects have aged somewhat, that only adds to the charm.
July 27, 2016
As Quaid, Schwarzenegger continues to stretch beyond his reach as an actor, relying on physical prowess to keep him in character.
July 27, 2016
If the movie sometimes seems overwhelmed by its budget and its legendary third-act problems, it's still entertainingly raw and brutal, full of whiplash pace and juicy exaggeration.
July 27, 2016
If Total Recall isn't as much fun as I'd hoped, it's not as dreary as I'd feared. I wouldn't call it totally awesome, but it's far from being a total loss.
July 27, 2016
The movie is a cartoon, though a mammothly enjoyable one.
June 13, 2019
Adapted from a Philip K. Dick short story, Verhoeven's backdrop of competing alien factions.... and ruthless capitalists informs something even more broad: when every waking moment is a nightmare, sometimes it's best to retreat to our dreams.
February 7, 2019
You get the action, the cheese, and some good sci-fi and practical effects. What's not to love?
July 27, 2016
All told, Total Recall is a powerful brew of mordant humor, keen wit, refreshing originality and graphic violence.
July 27, 2016
Total Recall went through four directors before Verhoeven finally took it on, and four writers worked on the script. It's no wonder the finished film emerges without a unifying style, or a single performance worth mentioning.
July 27, 2016
This rip-roaring slice of sci-fi excess remains Arnold Schwarzenegger's most satisfying film since his breakthrough hit, The Terminator.
July 27, 2016
Arnold Schwarzenegger brings an effective blend of machismo and innocence to his role. Too bad director Paul Verhoeven lets brainless violence and tricky special effects swamp the cleverness of the tale itself.
July 27, 2016
Total Recall begins to self-destruct not long after Schwarzenegger arrives on Mars, and the story degenerates into a violent, stunningly foul-mouthed enterprise.
July 27, 2016
If you don't ask too many questions, or just accept that it's all a dream so logic and science don't matter, then this is an enjoyable romp.
February 12, 2016
Paul Verhoeven's version of the original story packs a real sense of intellect and brilliant ambiguity beneath the seemingly surface science fiction action tale...
October 8, 2012
Gives its viewers something to chew on while never neglecting a gruesomely satisfying pay-off.
September 18, 2012
Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi classic Total Recall holds up very well, even against some of today's sci-fi standards.
August 6, 2012
A wickedly violent, action-packed old school piece of warped, twist-filled sci-fi and Schwarzenegger cheese. You'll wish you had three hands to hold this one.
August 5, 2012
Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name.
August 5, 2012
Total Recall's caricaturing of Schwarzenegger, its flip ribbing at his stocks of action-hero cache, signal the deep, almost atomic level at which its satire functions.
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