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: June 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% 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.

Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Schwarzenegger is never going to make the De Niros and Hoffmans of this world lose a night's sleep, but he has acquired a new confidence as an actor under Verhoeven's guidance.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

If the movie sometimes seems overwhelmed by its budget and its legendary third-act problems, it's still entertainingly raw and brutal, full of whiplash pace and juicy exaggeration.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

All told, Total Recall is a powerful brew of mordant humor, keen wit, refreshing originality and graphic violence.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Total Recall is slick, sly and subversive, and if some of the special effects have aged somewhat, that only adds to the charm.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If Total Recall isn't as much fun as I'd hoped, it's not as dreary as I'd feared. I wouldn't call it totally awesome, but it's far from being a total loss.

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Bill Kelley
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Total Recall went through four directors before Verhoeven finally took it on, and four writers worked on the script. It's no wonder the finished film emerges without a unifying style, or a single performance worth mentioning.

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Johanna Steinmetz
Chicago Tribune

As Quaid, Schwarzenegger continues to stretch beyond his reach as an actor, relying on physical prowess to keep him in character.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The movie is a cartoon, though a mammothly enjoyable one.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

This rip-roaring slice of sci-fi excess remains Arnold Schwarzenegger's most satisfying film since his breakthrough hit, The Terminator.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
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.