Total Recall overhaul is memorable on its own.
—Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
Total Recall is well-crafted, high energy sci-fi.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
The outcome is engaging enough, though not entirely satisfying from either a genre or narrative standpoint, lacking substance and a degree of imagination.
—Justin Lowe The Hollywood Reporter
The 1990 movie was no great shakes, but it was punchy and (moderately) inventive...and fun. This one is somberly kinetic and joyless.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Colin Farrell is no Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Len Wiseman can't come near to matching Paul Verhoeven's 1990 version of the Philip K. Dick science-fiction classic.
—Richard Corliss Time
Crazy new gadgets, vigorous action sequences and a thorough production-design makeover aren't enough to keep Total Recall from feeling like a near-total redundancy.
—Justin Chang Variety
This Total Recall is fast, furious, and frequently confusing fun, but to be completely honest, it lacks the snappy, weirdo vibe of its predecessor.
—Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
Convoluted, humorless Total Recall lacks fun of the Arnold original.
—Allison Willmore Movieline
Len Wiseman's Total Recall's a trifling mess, as superfluous as a third breast.
—John Semley Slant Magazine
It's two hours you'll never get back and every minute is a bad memory.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone