Kathryn Schroeder of FilmFracture writes:
""Total Recall" (1990), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone, is/was the perfect film for a re-boot. Never having spawned any sequels, or a franchise all the same, the story of a man who dreams of another life, literally, and then finds his dreams are his reality having had his memory erased is a gem of a story for the science fiction genre. Based off of the same Philip K. Dick short story, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," the 2012 version of "Total Recall" draws from the same original premise but deviates from the original film's plot to deliver a new take on the world of Recall. The end result is a glossy, effects laden picture with stunning production design but ultimately lacking in a strong enough hook to maintain the viewer's interest."