Total Recall Reviews

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June 23, 2020
The film's visual invention is offset by its visceral nastiness. Schwarzenegger's self-deprecatory good humour prevails none the less.
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
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
All told, Total Recall is a powerful brew of mordant humor, keen wit, refreshing originality and graphic violence.
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.
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
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...
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.
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.
August 1, 2012
It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking).
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.
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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