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Windtalkers Reviews

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James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
It comfortably emerges as the best of the recent war flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
This film should be declared a health hazard.
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 18, 2002
At the end of the day, nothing particularly spectacular, especially when you consider the two men leading the project, director John Woo and actor Nicolas Cage.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The subject may be new to him, but in Windtalkers Mr. Woo abandons none of his obsessions with loyalty, duty, religious ritual, even birds in flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
October 10, 2002
It resuscitates a neglected slice of World War II history (the use of Navajo tribesmen as secret-code radiomen) only to smother it with clichés and repetitive massacres.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 3, 2002
...given its potential for telling a story about the courageous exploits of unsung heroes, the movie is a decided letdown.
| Original Score: 6/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 2, 2002
A merely competent action war pic, boasting neither Woo's trademark balletic violent set-pieces nor any convincing insight into the tensions between the native Americans and their Anglo-Saxon commanders in the Marine Corps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
D.K. Holm
DVDTalk.com
September 27, 2002
It's vintage American Woo—hothouse theatrics with overdone violence that beats you over the head with its excess and implausibility
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
September 3, 2002
If Windtalkers is overlong and hopelessly overwrought, it is also thrilling and beautiful.
John A. Nesbit
ToxicUniverse.com
September 1, 2002
Navajos will question Woo's credibility with a silly cigarette tobacco 'ceremony' and his reliance on stereotypes
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 23, 2002
The prolonged scenes of brutality are unable to realize their serious impact against James Horner's rabble-rousing score.
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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 22, 2002
A genuinely fascinating piece of American history reduced by Woo to a near-psychopathic bloodbath full of transparent jingoism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 20, 2002
In the wake of Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers, you are likely to be as heartily sick of mayhem as Cage's war-weary marine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
August 13, 2002
Buena, pero....Woo pudo haberlo logrado, pero pequeños detalles y errores marcan la diferencia entre una gran cinta y un clásico de género.
| Original Score: 8/10
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Those 400 important Marine code talkers should have been the focus of this movie instead of one shell-shocked Marine.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
About the best that can be said for Windtalkers is that it's a John Woo movie. It's too bad it's not a good John Woo movie
Full Review| Original Score: C
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 27, 2002
Something we'd never expect from a guy like John Woo: dull, lifeless, unexciting filmmaking
Full Review | Original Score: C
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 26, 2002
The directive to protect the code at all costs also begins to blur as the importance of the man and the code merge
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