• R, 2 hr. 14 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Woo
    In Theaters:
    Jun 14, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 15, 2002
  • MGM/UA

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Windtalkers Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

War film relies too much on relentless violence.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2010
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The energy and conviction of the action sequences don't quite compensate for Windtalkers' emotional cliches and historical heedlessness.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 19, 2008
Robert Koehler
Variety
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A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 19, 2008

Replete with Cage's finest angsty acting and John Woo's requisite concerns of friendship and rivalry in the face of violence.

Full Review Source: Film4

September 19, 2008
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

With Windtalkers, the glaring refutations of time, space and reality impress upon viewers the simple fact that Woo is at his best when he isn't attempting anything more significant than the most emptily satisfying explosion you're likely to enjoy - a scat

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

July 2, 2008

Time Out
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The screenwriters struggle to integrate the coded transmissions with the action, and the flamboyant set piece battles feel like so much empty rhetoric.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

What we get is a surprisingly entertaining film, corny as it is at times, that could have suited John Wayne. [Published 5-13-02]

Full Review | Original Score: B+

December 19, 2005
David Grove
Film Threat

This is the kind of film where you think you can predict everything that's going to happen upon the first shot and you spend the rest of the film praying that you're wrong. But it's fun getting there.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

I didn't expect a comedy.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 1/10

October 7, 2004
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com

Too celebratory of Woo's good guy-versus-bad guy, buddy-buddy ethos of action movies to rise above the limitations of the genre, and too obsessed with its own seriousness to be a truly 'serious' film.

Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

February 1, 2004
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

A vast repository of hoary, honour-code clichés.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

October 19, 2003
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

You'd probably be better off reading Catch 22 - even if it is for the fifth time . . .

Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

September 24, 2003
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A premissa é interessante, mas o terceiro ato do filme, quando Cage e Beach se tornam indestrutíveis, estraga o filme.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2003
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

It's tough to get worked up after watching superior films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers."

| Original Score: 3/4

June 13, 2003
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly

Sure, he directs the heck out of gun battles and hand-to-hand combat, paying loving attention to each grunt, spurt and grimace, but there is something unseemly about the agony of war serving as fodder for yet another of Woo's sensational spectacles.

| Original Score: 2/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

While some may have used this fascinating subject matter to craft a serious drama with historical significance, Woo and his writers choose instead to stay with the high-octane action format.

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine

What should be a moving story with spectacular battle scenes by one of the world's greatest action directors is a huge let-down.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button

Here, [Woo] has to deal with visual chaos. And he doesn't do a good job of it.

Full Review Source: Hot Button

January 7, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Windtalkers is one of the most exciting (not to mention violent) war movies to emerge in quite some time.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Inspired by true events, this war-is-hell action drama from John Woo is a failed epic that doesn't rise to meet the material that inspired it.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

November 7, 2002
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