63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Strip away the video-game visual effects, the endless chases and zero gravity shootouts, and Total Recall comes down to this: What is reality?
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

The outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a degree of imagination.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The only laugh to be had in Total Recall, a ripsnorting sci-fi action extravaganza that starts well and works its way down to average, is in the opening credits, where we learn that the movie's primary production company is called Original Film. Really?
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
For all of its dazzlingly rendered cityscapes and nonstop action, this revamped Total Recall is a bland thing - bloodless, airless, humorless, featureless. With or without the triple-bosomed prostitute.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Set in a high-tech yet shabby future, the remake of Total Recall is a fully realized piece of production design. But its script, credited to six authors, is more like a preliminary sketch.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This one is somberly kinetic and joyless.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Instead of drawing the audience in, the action scenes merely blur together. And the intriguing, thoughtful concepts at the story's core are glossed over.
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30

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The remake has no grace notes, or grace, no nuance, no humanity, no character quirks, no surprises in the dialogue and no humor.
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25

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Since the new Recall is totally witless, don't expect laughs. Originality and coherence are also notably MIA.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There's something sadly poetic about a movie dealing with disappearing memories that vanishes from your mind while you watch it.
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43 out of 100
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