Total Recall (1990) Synopsis
An earthman (Arnold Schwarzenegger) of the future goes to Mars, driven by nightmares of his past.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the most complex and visually interesting science fiction movies in a long time.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Starts out as mind-bending futuristic satire and then turns relentless -- it becomes a violent, postpunk version of an Indiana Jones...
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
Top-flight muscleman entertainment that is not afraid to have a brain or two in its head.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A first-rate action movie, slickly done and with so many imaginative bonuses that, for a time, it feels like a classic in the making. It's...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Both female roles are unexpectedly meaty, so much so that the film loses something once the far more lively Stone is dispatched. Hour one...
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63

Chicago Tribune

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From first to last frame, Total Recall is in your face. Its rather elegant little science-fiction story is as suffocated as the Martians...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
An "intelligent" action film, because it presents the viewer with an opportunity to puzzle things out rather than sit mindlessly and watch...
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The plot, based on a Phillip K. Dick story, is ingenious; and Arnold Schwarzenegger brings an effective blend of machismo and innocence to...
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40

TV Guide

Ugly, stupid, loud, offensive, and pointlessly violent--let's not mince words--this film should be called "Total Reject."
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12

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jay Scott
Guilty of gross mellerdrammer & innocent of sophistication... Guilty of being dumber than WWF wrestling & innocent of hypocrisy about its...
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By larrwest
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silly fun movie

By Britney Siren
If you like Arnold movies with lots of violence and one liners then definitely go see this. Lots of fun cheesy effects, running and gore. :D...

Madness!

By MongrolMan
The graphics are hilarious but this insane story is worth a try for a sci fi try....

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Rated R | For Violence and Strong Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Brilliant but disturbing and violent Schwarzenegger sci-fi.
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