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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 learns that he's actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Once he has realized his true identity, he travels to Mars to piece together the rest of his identity, as well as to find the man responsible for his implanted memory. Verhoeven has created a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's not a masterpiece, but it is a fast-moving thriller, one worth revisiting (and, evidently, remaking)."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"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."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"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..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Total Recall is too much -- but it's too much of a good thing."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The future doesn't come any better."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Minor Verhoeven, well-above-average Schwarzenegger, and as well-made as any action movie from around the turn of the 1990s you could name."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Still a ripsnorting yarn with lashings of sex and violence that hasn't aged a day."
‑ David Jenkins, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ , Variety
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ John Semley, Slant Magazine
"It's a blockbuster from another era, when a big idea, rather than a pair of 3D goggles, gave the film its extra dimension."
‑ Jason Solomons, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
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