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Total Recall Reviews

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 27, 2016
All told, Total Recall is a powerful brew of mordant humor, keen wit, refreshing originality and graphic violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2016
As Quaid, Schwarzenegger continues to stretch beyond his reach as an actor, relying on physical prowess to keep him in character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 27, 2016
The movie is a cartoon, though a mammothly enjoyable one.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
July 27, 2016
This rip-roaring slice of sci-fi excess remains Arnold Schwarzenegger's most satisfying film since his breakthrough hit, The Terminator.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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...
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Semley
Slant Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 4, 2012
When the leader of the rebels turns out to be Baby Herman from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it's clear that the satirical bull's-eyes Verhoeven nailed in RoboCop have here been turned into a more benign state of rib-nudging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 1, 2012
It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 30, 2012
Verhoeven's version of Philip Dick's story is vigorous, exciting, and inventive sci-fi thriller, combining pulp savviness, ultra-graphic violence, and Oscar-winning special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
July 8, 2012
It's a blockbuster from another era, when a big idea, rather than a pair of 3D goggles, gave the film its extra dimension.
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