‘Total Recall’ Reviews: What Are The Critics Saying About The Revamp?

This weekend sees the release of the revamped “Total Recall.” Now starring Colin Farrell, the sci-fi flick has a lot to live up to next to the Arnold Schwarzenegger-led original.

Directed by Len Wiseman (“Live Free or Die Hard “), the remake has Farrell in Ah-nuld’s shoes as Douglas Quaid, a factory worker who begins to suspect that his memories are fake and that he is actually a spy. Farrell is joined by Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.

While box office estimates for the film have been modest (estimated $ 28 million), critics have not been. For proof, let’s take a look at the “Total Recall” review roundup, below.

  • Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

    “Total Recall” is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi. Like all stories inspired by Philip K. Dick, it deals with intriguing ideas. It never touched me emotionally, though, the way the 1990 film did, <a href=”http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120801/REVIEWS/120739999″ target=”_hplink”>and strictly speaking, isn’t necessary</a>.

  • Scott Tobias (AV Club)

    Its only evident passion is <a href=”http://www.avclub.com/articles/total-recall,83268/” target=”_hplink”>for excessive lens flares</a>.

  • Michael Phillips (Chicago Tribune)

    The talented and fiercely physical Biel’s musculature is more <a href=”http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/sc-mov-0731-total-recall-20120801,0,3689551.column” target=”_hplink”>expressive than most of the dialogue</a>.

  • A.A. Dowd (Time Out Chicago)

    More exciting than Verhoeven fans might expect, Wiseman’s Total reboot <a href=”http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/film/15557366/total-recall-2012-movie-review” target=”_hplink”>won’t betray your fond memories of its iconic predecessor</a>.

  • Alison Willmore (Movieline)

    Yes, there is <a href=”http://movieline.com/2012/08/02/total-recall-remake-review-colin-farrell/” target=”_hplink”>a triple-breasted hooker in Len Wiseman’s Total Recall remake</a>.

  • John Semley (Slant Magazine)

    Len Wiseman’s Total Recall’s a trifling mess, <a href=”http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/total-recall/6427″ target=”_hplink”>as superfluous as a third breast</a>.

  • Bill Goodykoontz (Arizona Republic)

    It’s big and it’s loud, <a href=”http://www.azcentral.com/thingstodo/movies/articles/2012/08/01/20120801total-recall-movie-review-remake-goodykoontz.html” target=”_hplink”>but ultimately not much more than that</a>.

  • Drew McWeeny (HitFix)

    This movie is a reaction to the original as much as it’s a remake, and because of that, <a href=”http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-colin-farrell-in-total-recall-remake-delivers-modest-action-movie-pleasures” target=”_hplink”>I think it manages to carve out its own identity</a>.

  • Justin Chang (Variety)

    Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover <a href=”http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117947985?refcatid=31″ target=”_hplink”>aren’t enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy</a>.

  • Jordan Hoffman (Film.com)

    Like a novelty cover band, Wiseman’s “Total Recall” [goes] through a checklist of <a href=”http://www.film.com/movies/review-total-recall” target=”_hplink”>”things you have to do if you do a ‘Total Recall.'”</a>

  • Edward Douglas (ComingSoon.net)

    What the film lacks in originality, <a href=”http://www.comingsoon.net/news/reviewsnews.php?id=93195″ target=”_hplink”>it makes up for with some of the grittiest slam-bang action scenes you’re likely to see this summer</a>.

  • John Hartl (Seattle Times)

    Wisemen’s film is a soulless mess, reminiscent of the unwatchable “Matrix” sequels, <a href=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2018828539_mr03total.html” target=”_hplink”>while Verhoeven’s movie remains a dazzling carnival</a>.

  • Roger Moore (McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

    Despite all the effects, the action and the showcase performance created for his wife, Kate Beckinsale, <a href=”http://www.freep.com/article/20120802/ENT01/308020052/-Total-Recall-remake-Visual-thrills-dull-storytelling” target=”_hplink”>director Len Wiseman never lets us forget that he’s no Paul Verhoeven</a>.

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