Total Recall
Total Recall (1990)

In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Under Paul Verhoeven's frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humor that never slacks.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking).

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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R. L. Shaffer

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Total Recall is too much -- but it's too much of a good thing.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The future doesn't come any better.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name.

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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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

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John Semley
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
The most surrealistic, awesome, complex, gory, funny movie that Schwarzenegger has ever starred.
Dan Schultz
An old fashioned B-movie concerning a normal construction worker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who finds out that he is in fact a secret agent for the government who… More
Chris Weber
Loosely inspired by one of Philip K. Dick's stories, this is a superb sci-fi action thriller set in a dystopic 2084 about a construction worker named Quaid… More
Dean King
A strange action film, quite violent.
Josh Lewis
While not the classic that some have coined it, Total Recall is an entertaining and thought-provoking science fiction film with Paul Verhoeven's signature… More
Greg S
Construction worker Douglas Quaid begins to suspect he is a secret agent who has had his memory wiped clean; clues lead him to the Martian colonies, where… More