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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 6, 2010
Total Recall is too much -- but it's too much of a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 1, 2007
The fierce and unrelenting pace, accompanied by a tongue-in-cheek strain of humor in the roughhouse screenplay, keeps the film moving like a juggernaut.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 1, 2007
A worthy entry in the dystopian cycle launched by Blade Runner, this seems less derivative than most of its predecessors yet equally accomplished in its straight-ahead storytelling, with plenty of provocative satiric undertones and scenic details.
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Tom Charity
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The future doesn't come any better.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Melding the ever-more-workable Schwarzenegger mystique with a better-than-average science-fiction premise, the director Paul Verhoeven has come up with a vigorous, superviolent interplanetary thriller that packs in wallops with metronomic regularity.
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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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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Recall is full of the musclebound action that [Schwarzenegger's] fans presumably enjoy. It also means that this Mars-bound movie is violent, nasty and expensive (it cost Tri-Star well over $60 million).
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Paul Verhoeven have stretched their talents here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4