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Total Recall

Total Recall

1990
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 53m
Douglas Quaid is haunted by a recurring dream about a journey to Mars. He hopes to find out more about this dream and buys a holiday at Rekall Inc. where they sell implanted memories. But something goes wrong with the memory implantation and he remembers being a secret agent fighting against the evil Mars administrator Cohaagen. Now the story really begins and it's a rollercoaster ride until the massive end of the movie. (imdb)
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Total Recall

1990
Sci-fi
Suspense/Thriller
1h 53m
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Rated 31 Aug 2020
88
95th
Man, they don't make 'em like this anymore. Total Recall is so good at being so damn entertaining. From the perfect casting, fast-moving plot with plenty of reveals and twists, to the squib-heavy action and (relatively) great physical effects; Verhoeven knows how to deliver the goods. And as a bonus, the density of quality Arnie screams is INSANE. Those vacuum-expanding eyeball-poppin' faces messed me up as a kid and will always be slightly unnerving to me.
Rated 14 Jul 2020
89
89th
Injects you with the vicarious dream of revolution and literally breaks every fourth wall like the kool-aid man. Recall is controlled escapism until Quaid actively responds. Looking back I think this is where every Arnie impression turned into "AUGHAUH" nonsense, he's constantly screaming - it's even his opening line. But dammit, no actor of that archetype gives you THE PAIN of the big man like Arnie does. Also Sharon Stone is a babe. Michael Ironside looks like he evolved from velociraptors.
Rated 02 Sep 2020
100
98th
Ill see you all at the party. Flawless Ahnold action. The thinking man’s Arnold, the fade to white has driven many to madness. It’s a dream, and it’s the best dream or I’m just having a schizoid embolism. Three boobs lol.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
100 was the closest score I could give that resembles all three Martian mutant breasts (a 000 wasn't available). Yes, Richter. You will see me at the party, and yes, you can consider that a divorce.
Rated 28 Jul 2017
56
75th
Big budget $inema these days is only too eager to throw out some cynical, confused, pseudo-radical premise with no genuine political conviction to show for it. It's practically universal. But in Verhoeven we have basically an utter unicorn, and a true cinema warrior against neoliberalism/fascism. He's the real fucking deal. God bless Paul Verhoeven.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
4
70th
What a fucking ride this one is. It's a bit hard to take seriously, but there are few movies that are as balls-to-the-wall entertaining as this one is, and the plot is actually very interesting, mysterious and thought-provoking, especially given the nature of the movie. It's quite a mindfuck. Can't believe it took me so long to see this.
Rated 15 Oct 2010
83
84th
Really enjoyable action movie. Ahnold is da shit. His face is priceless when he gets kicked in the balls/when his face almost blows up. And god, the quotes are endless too. Boolshit
Rated 23 Jan 2017
82
85th
One of those rare movies that manages to look cheap and expensive at the same time, this 90s film acts as one of the pinnacles of 80s action movies. This film reaches the heights (and depths) of what a Verhoeven and Schwarzenegger team up should achieve. A completely OTT sci fi action fare that also has a deeper underlying plot. This one has stood the test of time well.
Rated 02 Jul 2016
7
94th
a wish fulfilment fantasy within a wish-fulfilment fantasy, one which somehow improves the more its effects and acting become dated because it enhances a crucial sense of artifice. it's one of the great hollywood satires, bursting with character and expert genre thrills but never quite allowing you to forget that the real protagonist is you.
Rated 19 Feb 2018
8
93rd
Just rewatched for the first time in probably almost twenty years. It will always stand behind Starship Troopers and Robocop for me, but that doesn't mean there isn't something wonderfully nutzoid about this blend of Verhoevenian body horror/gore, twisty thoughtful science fiction, austere otherworld majesty and good old Arnold shoot 'em up action and one-liners. "Hahahaha! You think this is the real Quaid? It is" bang bang bang bang bang
Rated 10 Oct 2019
93
97th
A long overdue watch and rate. Perfect pacing, fun action, smart story (thank you Philip K Dick once again), great one liners, buff dudes, sexy ladies (especially the midget), awesome practical effects and makeup for the mutants, solid villains, and a truly beautiful matte painting of Mars to end the film. Legit classic. Seriously though, I know midget is not cool anymore, but it feels way creepier to say 'that little person is sexy' over 'that midget is sexy'. RIP Debbie Carrington Miss ya babe
Rated 13 Jul 2010
80
80th
Great to see that they managed to sneak some of Dick*s more complicated ideas into a giant summer blockbuster. Verhoeven has never been one to shy away from graphical violence and the movie sports some rather nasty face inflating scenes, plus a couple of disgusting looking mutants. This is a good thing. Overall, however, the film does look dated and incredibly ugly, but all is forgiven when Arnold fires up his Austrian accent: "IF et iz my delusjon, hoo de hell invited ju?" Kuato Lives!
Rated 29 Jan 2018
88
87th
The brilliance of Total Recall lies in how either reading of the film is thematically resonant: It's either about how a manufactured personality morally outperforms the privatizing, corporatized political status quo within moments of its creation or (my preferred reading) how modern entertainment is nostalgia peddling, wish fulfillment and self-lobotomy, which we willingly, gladly, and unskeptically consume. The hyperstylized artifice of the art design enhances either reading.
Rated 29 Mar 2007
70
84th
Fairly etched in my mind because of repeated viewings in my adolesence. Pure 80s in every manner.
Rated 08 Apr 2012
75
57th
A better movie probably could've been made from the source material, but this one is at least fucking hilarious.
Rated 21 Jun 2008
68
63rd
The intelligent vision of Dick as channeled by the highly stylish Verhoeven with an angry Arnold dumped in the middle. Makes for excellent entertainment.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
84
93rd
You know the third one's just paper mache.
Rated 04 Sep 2012
88
57th
I thought it was some really solid sci/fi. Schwarzenegger is pretty good as is some of the supporting cast. I also really enjoyed the the universe and design for everything. It all just looked and felt very slick. Gets slightly cheesy at times but it's still a pretty good movie.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
80
86th
Cheesy, over-the-top, dated as hell and almost unbearably Verhoeven-plastic. But still nothing short of a great sci-fi movie. It's a paradox, and yet Verhoeven has done it with Robocop and Starship Troopers as well...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
47th
Definitely an early 90's sci-fi flick. It's more of a niche film to the Arnold fans rather than someone who loves sci-fi. I thought it was an alright film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
73rd
Exciting sci-fi actioner with some serious balls. This is what I call a popcorn rollercoaster ride, not over-sentimental badly paced crap like Armageddon.
Rated 09 Sep 2017
75
83rd
Blade Runner meets Day of the Dead meets 12 Monkeys meets the Dark Crystal.
Rated 14 Jul 2020
87
71st
One thousand nine hundred and ninety years after the birth of our savior, Sharon Stone reached the apotheosis of the female form. But just imagine if this had been shot when she was, say, 22. Would her beauty have corrupted the celluloid?
Rated 21 Feb 2008
9
93rd
A very flawed movie but I can't deny how much I enjoy it. One of Arnold's most quotable movies, which is saying something. Highly original as well and just downright odd most of the time, a real departure for Arnold in many ways. YOU BLEW MY COVAH
Rated 03 Aug 2008
96
98th
All I can say is - Get Your Ass to Mars!
Rated 20 Mar 2007
85
86th
Verhoeven and Ahnold at the very end of their peaks. An intelligent, imaginative actioner with tons of amazing stunts, set pieces and special effects. A milestone of the genre. Three boobs!
Rated 29 May 2007
8
78th
Back in high school, I wrote an essay about the short story and movie adaptation. While others chose to write about Forrest Gump or Harry Potter, I picked a violent sci-fi thriller featuring a talking stomach wart, a prostitute with 3 tits and people with eyes bulging out of their skulls. Love this film.
Rated 10 Apr 2012
76
65th
So over-the-top, so ridiculous, accompanied by the amiable 'argh's and the quirky wit of Arnie, yet probably one of the best classical action movies from the late eighties - early nineties.
Rated 01 Jan 2022
88
88th
I waited way too long to watch Total Recall in its entirety, but luckily I somehow managed to avoid any spoilers for all these years. Verhoeven is a master of excess, that much is obvious, but what really surprised me is how good the script is. Talk about pacing! This thing moves like lightning and knows exactly what it is. A perfect grasp of tone and expedient delivery of complex exposition. I am now pretty sure that the cab driver in Halloweentown was named Benny as a reference to this movie.
Rated 17 Oct 2012
74
83rd
Another PSI anomaly. I always thought this was one of the funnest Arnie films, but my respect for it really increased after I became more familiar with Philip K. Dick's work. This is one of the few movie adaptations of his writings that seems to capture some of the spirit of the source material (regardless the Verhoevenian goofiness). Also owes a lot to "Brazil". Arnie's performance is pretty awful, but this is still one of his better movies, and probably Verhoeven's best as well.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
91
97th
Of course Arnie is rubbish, and some of the effects are ageing a touch, but this hardly matters. 'Total Recall' remains one of my favourite sci-fi films ever, simply because it's fun and original. There are just so many memorable scenes that I love in this movie, that everytime I watch it I'm just waiting for one great scene after another. Quality.
Rated 09 Jul 2010
82
86th
Badass classic Sci-fi movie. One of Arnold's better movies, and it makes you think a little with the plot twist at the end (though it was kind of a gimme). The three-tittied alien girl will forever be remembered with much reverence.
Rated 07 Oct 2009
75
75th
Essential Arnold - an excellent science fiction story with great pacing and some really enjoyable action sequences complete with outrageously quotable quips. Verhoeven really had a knack for this sort of thing and Total Recall is full of his calling cards and I just love Ironside's performance.
Rated 27 Jan 2015
85
82nd
An awesome piece of sci-fi. With some great 80's cheese, a fun Arnold role, and a minf'bending story, Total Recall grants more fun and entertainment than most of today's blockbusters. A must see for any sci-fi or Arnold Fan.
Rated 07 Sep 2010
80
73rd
Back when I breezed through as many films as I could and gave them scores I simply gave this a 60, brushed it off as "pretty ridiculous" and moved on. Since then, and thanks to a more recent rewatch, I have come to repent my sins. This movie isn't bad, for a start Philip K. Dick is involved and when it comes to sci-fi pretenses he makes good ones. Then there's Verhoeven who adds the glitz and visual delights, while staying true to the premise. And Arnie gives one of his best performances.
Rated 05 Dec 2010
72
75th
Satiric tone, subtle, nasty humour and creepy special effects made this movie age well, as a young sci-fi classic. Sometimes, I guess, it's too much of a movie, but this is a feature by Paul Verhoeven, you cannot expect something different. And it's still pretty enjoyable.
Rated 23 Jan 2008
90
97th
One of the best Arnold flicks. If I were married and my wife told me she thought otherwise, I can think of several one-liners from this script to tell her off.
Rated 30 Mar 2009
70
68th
three tits
Rated 05 Jun 2013
71
53rd
Entertaining classic 90's sci-fi film with a lot of classic moments. A lot of this film is very over-the-top, it suits the film perfectly. Arnold Schwarzenegger is great in his role with that accent. Sharon Stone is amazing as Lori. I liked the first part of the film more than the last part, but overall still good.
Rated 07 Feb 2020
83
73rd
A healthy mix of smart and dumb blockbuster filmmaking and storytelling. The initial concept is fascinating and this film manages to keep up interest with a busy plotline that never loses steam and often introduces fun and wacky futuristic elements. There's a lot keeping this momentum going such as the writing, not just because of the handfuls of cheesy, but brilliant one-liners.
Rated 30 Sep 2018
78
83rd
A more than capable sci-fi action film, Total Recall has all of the wit, humor, and a slight satirist tone that marked Verhoeven in his heyday. The boilerplate story moves along at a brisk pace and never feels slow or uninteresting. I just wish Schwarzenegger brought more to his role, which is a phrase I've probably typed many times.
Rated 08 Apr 2012
85
83rd
Arnie in his prime. This is a great little piece of ultra-violent sci-fi. Arnold actually tries to act while still violently destroying his enemies and following up with his trademark one liners. Screw you! (drives a screw through his victim). Verhoeven needs to make more like this.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
8
80th
SCHWARZENEGGER
Rated 03 Jul 2010
85
58th
This is cheesy, often poorly acted, and often stupidly plotted. The fight scenes suck and the special effects are so so. But what the hell... it's still a classic. The main plot idea is cool, the multiple realities and possibilities intelligently exploited, and it's a nostalgic joy to see Governor Schwarzenegger from his He-Man glory days.
Rated 17 May 2008
84
86th
When it's based on a phillip k. dick book, it can't be bad (exception: "a scanner darkly"). Also, when there are chicks with three breasts it can't be bad (no exceptions) This movie is a good sci-fi flick, it's been beaten (even by Phillip K. Dick stories), but it's fun.
Rated 26 Jul 2022
80
80th
Not everything is perfect, but the Arnold Schwarzenegger action and one liners somehow mixes well with a fantastic sci-fi plot.
Rated 09 Feb 2021
75
89th
It holds up so well and is so much fun and campy. I remembered a few key scenes from my childhood, but it was such a joy to rewatch, don't take it too seriously, enjoy the campiness as expected from Verhoeven and it's a blast.
Rated 09 Jul 2015
85
59th
Here, Paul Verhoeven is less concerned with making a satire than he was with Robocop, and the result is a violent, excessive thrillride through a slew of beautifully grey futuristic environments. The film makes one of the best uses of Schwarzenegger's talents that I've seen; where the Terminator movies mostly exploit him for his size, Total Recall realizes that he's an actual human being in a way that's actually kinda touching when you look past the hyperviolence and mutant creatures.
Rated 07 May 2012
82
91st
All the great action of typical Arnie flick, but with a great sci-fi story as well. I'm a big fan
Rated 28 Jan 2007
65
30th
Fun, and the plot is interesting (of course it is; Philip K. Dick thought it up). It's a bit too hokey to quite take it seriously, though.
Rated 08 Apr 2010
85
76th
Combines three elements which I love on their own anyway: cheesy Schwarzenegger action (one-liners especially), gory Verhoeven satire taking the piss at every opportunity and the dark sci-fi premise from Philip K. Dick. My new favourite Arnie film.
Rated 23 Jan 2014
80
89th
The most fun Schwarzenegger movie by far.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
76
52nd
Arnold is at it again with another cool movie.
Rated 22 May 2013
68
45th
Terrible acting, terrible script, the scenery is dreadful, the buildings are all made out of balsa wood, the black guy is as annoying as Chris Tucker is in "Fifth element", no one can shoot straight even though they can get to mars, the special effects look really dated ..... other than that, it s a lot of fun and Sharon Stone steals every scene she is in
Rated 28 May 2007
90
86th
Clever, funny, exciting sf/adventure movie. Overdoes it on the gore, but Verhoeven makes up for it with all the weird touches not generally seen in movies with a budget this big
Rated 08 Mar 2010
73
49th
The potential dream narrative is fun and intriguing, but there sure is an awful lot of standing/walking around shooting nameless guards. That 80s/90s action trope gets tiresome, and Arnold's acting is painful. The cheese factor, and the "Verhoeven-ness" make up for it pretty well, though.
Rated 09 Jan 2015
4
52nd
nothing really that great, but enjoyable. to criticise this as stupid seems somewhat off the mark - paul verhoeven's technique appears to be indulgence as a means of criticism - the militarist fascism of "starship troopers" and the conspiracy paranoia of this. stupidity is then part of the package.
Rated 03 Aug 2007
83
64th
GIVE THE PEOPLE AIR Seriously, you have to be retarded not to love this movie with all your penis.
Rated 06 Apr 2021
60
54th
"Don't fuck with your brain, pal. It ain't worth it." Indeed. This is yet another reminder - there are lots from the late 1970s through to the early 1990s - that practical effects can impact the viewer in a way that CGI never will. It has been sad to witness practical effects usurped by CGI over the past 25 years or so. My gripe is not with CGI per se, but the indiscriminate use of it.
Rated 25 Oct 2017
68
24th
There are some interesting visuals in this film. The villains are very boring and one dimensional. There are a number of weird looking characters but very few are well developed by the script. Overall this film is disappointing.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
83rd
Classic from my childhood. Haven't seen it in years. Probably bad these days, but who cares. TWO WEEKS.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
53rd
A silly but fairly entertaining exposé of the industrialisation of memory and desire. Terrible soundtrack.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
70
79th
One of Arnold's better flicks. Has some decent action scenes, special effects and enough humor mixed in. There is even the cheeseball stuff most Arnold fans will love.
Rated 29 Mar 2009
95
85th
--- seen 7 times last seen march 2009
Rated 14 Aug 2007
68
29th
Good film, but a little sub standard for Schwarzenegger. This is actually a book by Piers Anthiny. The book is superior and is highly recommended.
Rated 27 Apr 2024
85
40th
Iconic. I love Arnold but this is *the* Arnold film to me. If you haven't seen it, watch it. If you have seen it, go and watch it again GIVE THESE PEOPLE AYER
Rated 25 Aug 2012
79
72nd
A bizarre but very entertaining mixture of Philip K. Dick scifi and Paul Verhoeven bloody action. If anything, the cheesiness just adds to the experience.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
96
99th
This is a masterpiece goddammit.
Rated 25 Feb 2011
85
95th
Playing with people's innate desire to be someone who makes a major difference whilst never having to leave their comfort zone is pure joy! Having arnold shoot up a bunch of corporate thugs in an action packed trip to mars is the cream topping. An absolute blast!
Rated 27 Sep 2007
4
83rd
Verhoeven directed two totally bad ass sci-fi action films during his career. This one had Arnie in it, which may make it better or worse depending on how big of an Arnie guy you are. Sharp and entertaining.
Rated 20 Oct 2007
2
2nd
Really stupid. I never knew your eyes could go back into your eye sockets as if they'd never been sucked out in the first place. A good concept ineptly done.
Rated 10 Nov 2007
72
46th
Kitchy, but has its great moments.
Rated 28 Apr 2011
78
35th
While its intelligent sci-fi ideas often get lost amidst its Arnold action movie trappings, it still amounts to a very fun, gleefully excess-filled ride.
Rated 26 Jan 2008
82
86th
Underestimated scifi classic.
Rated 17 Jul 2011
46
36th
The underlying concept is brilliant (thanks to PKD), while the movie is mindlessly violent (thanks to Verhoeven). It's certainly a unique trip watching those two dissonant styles play out, especially facilitated by the one-and-only Ahnold. In fact, your enjoyment factor pretty much depends on how you feel about his incessant one-liners, which I personally find much less enjoyable without the excuse of being an inhuman robot.
Rated 15 Mar 2008
41
37th
Overrated. Although I'm prepared to accept that the 90's effects are bound to have aged badly and that Schwarzenegger can't act, this isn't nearly as good as most critics would suggest and the film has numerous flaws. Typically for Verhoeven there are a large amount of enjoyable action sequences thrown in with the bad, but they are so drawn out that most of the fun is sucked from them. The plotline isn't all that gripping either, just simply moving on from one scene of destruction to the next.
Rated 09 May 2008
77
66th
Great action movie and the commentary is well-worth hearing. Why? Well Arnold talks about how great it is to wake up next to Sharon Stone while Verhoeven babbles at breakneck speed about plot ambiguity and how realistic the generator really is.
Rated 28 May 2008
55
52nd
Two words: Three Tits.
Rated 14 Dec 2009
3
45th
If you can get over the flawed script and acting, this is a lot of fun. Plenty of great action set pieces, an immersive future, and it at least presents some interesting themes and ideas.
Rated 27 Aug 2008
84
77th
Aggressively weird, over-the-top violent, streamlined testosterone fest. One of the best sci-fi action films of the 80's (and there were a lot)--it's glorious excess that hasn't been done much since and rarely better than this.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
75
62nd
A true unintended classic, with images raging from the goofy to the bizarre to the prophetic, and wonderful non-CGI special effects. The story is negligible to the hallucinatory nature of its images that make the dated film still strangely watchable.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
72
53rd
A substandard yet imprudently inane and frivolous 90s sci-fi marvel which is decent to see under normal circumstances and fortunes. But, on a more perceptive and judicious view, it hasn't aged properly and the effects today evoke a bad impression and suspicious conviction on the film. Other than that, I would suggest hiding your brain in a secure and immune box heavily guarded and enjoy the movie. Persistently remorseless and uncompromising madness is correctly connected with sheer frolic.
Rated 06 Mar 2015
71
85th
I love this movie since much smaller version of me first saw it couple of decade ago. Rewatched it again just to grasp to full extent how much the remake with Farrell sucked, This movie has everything good action movie needs - Schwarzenegger, gore, great one-liners, violent ass-kicking, good sense of humor... Not to forget the lady with three breasts, something that will stay in my head till the end of my days. Classic!
Rated 01 May 2015
55
40th
Criticker actually correctly guessed my score on this one. Well done. This movie isn't good in any reasonable sense of the word. It's is, however, the kind of movie that is a hoot to watch on a movie night in the company of buddies or, failing that, while texting a sarcastic running commentary to a friend or, failing that, while drunk, because really, beer is the only company you need.
Rated 22 Oct 2022
87
85th
Re-watched after viewing Benadetta (2021) and I couldn't be more suprised by how beautifully this has aged. Caught in delightful reference-sandwich between Eccentrica Gallumbits (The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) and a Red Pill (The Matrix) what's not to love?
Rated 12 Dec 2006
69
23rd
So incredibly cheesy and campy. I enjoyed it but really I was hoping for something a bit more polished. The underlying premise could certainly support a much better film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
88th
Great script, unusally clever for this type of movie. I was a little bit thrown back by the cheap FX, but definitely worth seeing (and not only for Shhhhharon Stone...!!!!)
Rated 04 Aug 2009
80
77th
Now I get the Venture Bros. thing with the lawyer...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
33
17th
It's stupid, but I guess intelligence is too much to ask of sci-fi. Served as mild entertainment when I was a little kid.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
79th
Awesome practical effects and animatronics. Offers some of Arnie's best one-liners and is a lot of fun. Story by PKD is also one worthy of praise.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
80
25th
May have been put out in 90, but was definately an 80s flick. Decent for its time.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
30
31st
Watched it 3 times...still cannot keep the plot straight.
Rated 17 Oct 2007
94
76th
great plot, very well done
Rated 27 Jan 2008
83
69th
A lesson in how to make a quotable movie. "What the fuck did I do wrong!"
Rated 24 Dec 2009
77
33rd
Good action picture with an ingenious story.
Rated 18 Dec 2008
65
8th
Absolutely hilarious in an " i can't believe it" kind of way.
Rated 06 Feb 2009
81
77th
While Arnie won't being seeing Richter at the party, he did gruesomely kill a shit load of bad guys. Verhoeven + Schwarzenegger is awesome.
Rated 28 Jul 2008
70
61st
With good special effects and story, this scifi can be With good special effects and story, this scifi can be considered one of the most outstanding movies of action of the decade of 90. It is not a great work, but is a good entertainment.
Rated 12 Jun 2009
48
16th
Silly sci-fi boys stuff. Good fun.

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