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Total Recall Reviews

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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.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
January 1, 2000
Until director Paul Verhoeven allows the violence to reach the berserk level, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a spectacular special-effects team seem on their way to a futuristic classic.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Paul Verhoeven have stretched their talents here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
July 25, 2001
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a fool to think he'll make it as the Johnny Carson of action films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
May 28, 2003
Mediocre sci-fi. Gained a cult following, for some unknown reason.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 24, 2003
Oh for the days when Verhoeven was still in Holland.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 27, 2001
Perhaps it goes without saying that Total Recall is no The Terminator, but let the records show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A gratuitous explosion of vainglory and guts, the movie is all firecrackers and giblets and broken glass. The overall effect is like wading through hospital waste.
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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

TV Guide
March 1, 2007
Ugly, stupid, loud, offensive, and pointlessly violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wolfe
Tulsa World
August 28, 2001
Total Recall won't leave you with a lot to remember, but this science fiction shoot-'em-up is as good a way as any to forget about life's cares on a summer day.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 10, 2005
...people are allowed to change their minds
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
There may be people who overlook the Arnold Schwarzenegger performance in Total Recall who think he isn't really acting. But the performance is one of the reasons the movie works so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
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