Total Recall Synopsis
A factory worker begins to think he's really a spy.
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

The outcome is engaging enough, although not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking both substance and a...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This one is somberly kinetic and joyless.
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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...
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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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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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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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Loved this movie but....

By msalisha
I'm an action junkie and I loved the remake of this movie. However I think the focus was a little too much action overkill. I wish they would have had more depth to the story line....

Decent update of the original movie

By Lordbowler
I enjoyed the movie for what it was, a high-octane action movie. The world created by this movie looked lived in and was rich in detail. The actors were all very good, even though some were under...

A shadow of the original

By cranky_in_seattle
Start with a basic scene of Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel having a pitched gunfight combined with hand-to-hand combat and martial arts fighting with Kate Beckinsale and any number of armed human or...

Total-ally Wish I Didnt Recall This One

By Darkola
I've read the negative critic reviews, and still found myself wanting to see this movie, with the hopes that like many other movies, my opinions of certain movies, fall far away from the opinions of...

boring, stupid, too much action

By nng
i cant believe i would say a movie has too much action, but this one does for was really lame, too much action involved and barely any breaks, dialogue. It was just too intense and weird,...

The effects was the only good thing

By Cacowboy
That is right the effects was the only good thing about the movie. Well that isn't really true Acting was good. I guess I was expecting more. I looked at my watch and was actually considering...

Total Recall should be Total Refund

By Inspector Rudy
Pretty cast, pretty effects, pretty mind numbing. Poor acting, over acting, under acting, poor dialogue, so much bang bang shoot em up that after 30 minutes I was numb to the action; wait to see it...

Total Recall Redone

By cinni65
I thorough enjoyed the original Total Recall and didn't know wha to expect from this remake. I was not disappointed. at first I thought wow what are they doing but he changes that were made helped...

Loved it.

By Bon Mot
This film is like an amusement park ride, and it is superb at delivering action and special effects. The story isn't bad, although you know exactly what is going to happen at just about every point...

Total Recall

By ydgomez
Lots of action for people who like fighting. Story line lost my attention in the first 30 minutes. We sat through the entire movie to give it a chance. Gorgeous and talented actors to look at, not an...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, some sexual content, brief nudity and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Remake is better looking, less violent, less thoughtful.
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