Total Recall Reviews

  • There's a simple rule to follow in a good recipe. Don't mess with the ingredients or what you get will not be as good as the original.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Those who buy a ticket to Total Recall may not go in expecting a generic Bourne sequel, but that's about what they'll be getting - just set in a Blade Runner universe made of giant gray Lego blocks.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • This premise contains the seeds of an interesting economic and political allegory, but the ambitions of the filmmakers - Len Wiseman directed a script by Kurt Wimmer and Mark Bomback - lie in the direction of maximum noise and minimum sense.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Soulless, bombastic and numbingly repetitive...

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • While it may not be a fully realized take on Dick's forward-thinking work, it's still a far better film than the Verhoeven version.

    Jen Chaney — Washington Post

  • In the end, here's the worst sin of this slick, high-octane memory play: It's forgettable.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Where Paul Verhoeven's original was testosterone-stupid and, therefore, fun, Wiseman's film is just boring-stupid.

    Chris Packham — Village Voice

  • There's something sadly poetic about a movie dealing with disappearing memories that vanishes from your mind while you watch it.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The remake has no grace notes, or grace, no nuance, no humanity, no character quirks, no surprises in the dialogue and no humor ...

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Whatever tug Total Recall has on the imagination comes from the vague sense we've seen it all before. And seen it better: from Christopher Nolan's Inception to Ridley Scott's Blade Runner.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Wiseman directs his film as if it's a shark... But really, it's more of a carp, shiny and pretty but fat and dopey, fed on nothing but scavenged leftovers.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • "Total Recall" is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, and strictly speaking, isn't necessary.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The talented and fiercely physical Biel's musculature is more expressive than most of the dialogue.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The new version, with its humorless dialogue and Farrell's smoldering performance, suffers from a self-seriousness that undercuts any genre pleasures. But the action is thrilling and the futuristic setting superbly realized.

    Drew Hunt — Chicago Reader

  • Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • There's plenty to excite the eye, but the mind remains unboggled. It's all visuals and no vision.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If you share its desire for straight adrenaline, the ride works.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • I kept thinking: "Yes, that was surprising to me in 1990."

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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