'Total Recall' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   52 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Total Recall is too much -- but it's too much of a good thing.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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.
    Full Review » 11 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    It's still a guilty pleasure - though the guilt quotient is a bit higher - and that's down to the still-extraordinary presence of the massively gym-built Arnold...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    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).
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    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 » 14 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking).
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Variety (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Paul Verhoeven have stretched their talents here.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • R. L. Shaffer IGN DVD
    90
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    70
    Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Semley Slant Magazine
    100
    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 » 2 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason Solomons Observer [UK]
    It's a blockbuster from another era, when a big idea, rather than a pair of 3D goggles, gave the film its extra dimension.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Jenkins Little White Lies
    80
    Still a ripsnorting yarn with lashings of sex and violence that hasn't aged a day.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Garth Franklin Dark Horizons
    An absolutely superb sci-fi film and a true modern cornerstone of the genre not seen since the deeper though less entertaining Blade Runner nearly ten years previous.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    92
    Not only one of the best films of 1990, it's one of Arnold's finest cinematic accomplishments -- a fireball of a film...still disembowels like a champion.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Richard Luck Film4
    Total Recall is fine entertainment, complete with breathtaking action sequences and special effects that impress even in these computer-generated times.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    50
    Ugly, stupid, loud, offensive, and pointlessly violent.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    80
    Say what you will about Verhoeven's penchant for extravagant theatrics, when he's not yanking the arms off people or putting bullets in their forehead, he tells a good story.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    80
    Say what you will about Verhoeven's penchant for extravagant theatrics, when he's not yanking the arms off people or putting bullets in their forehead, he tells a good story.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Andrew Time Out
    The future doesn't come any better.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    67
    ...people are allowed to change their minds
    Full Review » 9 years ago