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
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 !
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
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
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Get ready for the ride of your life. cause like, theres gonna be more rides, definitely, like driving your car everyday to work and Burger-Kings and, you… More

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