'Total Recall' Critic Reviews

80%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
31%
Rotten Tomatoes:   215 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Recalls Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Christopher Nolan's Inception, without, sadly being quite as distinctive as either.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Soulless, bombastic and numbingly repetitive...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jen Chaney Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    In the end, here's the worst sin of this slick, high-octane memory play: It's forgettable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Packham Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Where Paul Verhoeven's original was testosterone-stupid and, therefore, fun, Wiseman's film is just boring-stupid.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    There's something sadly poetic about a movie dealing with disappearing memories that vanishes from your mind while you watch it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    The remake has no grace notes, or grace, no nuance, no humanity, no character quirks, no surprises in the dialogue and no humor ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    "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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    The talented and fiercely physical Biel's musculature is more expressive than most of the dialogue.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Drew Hunt Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    There's plenty to excite the eye, but the mind remains unboggled. It's all visuals and no vision.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    If you share its desire for straight adrenaline, the ride works.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    It's big and it's loud, but ultimately not much more than that.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    I kept thinking: "Yes, that was surprising to me in 1990."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jordan Hoffman Film.com (Top Critic)
    34
    Like a novelty cover band, Wiseman's "Total Recall" [goes] through a checklist of "things you have to do if you do a 'Total Recall.'"
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    With a new generation of visual effects at his command, director Len Wiseman has the ability to paint on a broader canvas, but since we see this caliber of movie magic on a regular basis it's no longer an Event.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    63
    Today's Total Recall does nothing to tarnish the image of yesterday's - 22 years from now, I expect it to be hailed as a classic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    "Total Recall" is a doggone good time, with a bunch of nifty technical and visual flourishes, competently managed plot twists and elegant, Wachowski-esque action choreography ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago