• 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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James Rocchi

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
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The history is fascinating; the action is dazzling. They just don't work in concert.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 6, 2002
Matthew Turner

It comfortably emerges as the best of the recent war flicks.

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

October 30, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

This film should be declared a health hazard.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 21, 2002
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 5/10

October 18, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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 Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2002
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

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 Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...given its potential for telling a story about the courageous exploits of unsung heroes, the movie is a decided letdown.

| Original Score: 6/10

October 3, 2002
Peter Bradshaw

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

October 2, 2002
D.K. Holm

It's vintage American Woo—hothouse theatrics with overdone violence that beats you over the head with its excess and implausibility

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com

September 27, 2002
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound

If Windtalkers is overlong and hopelessly overwrought, it is also thrilling and beautiful.

Full Review Source: Sight and Sound

September 3, 2002
John A. Nesbit

Navajos will question Woo's credibility with a silly cigarette tobacco 'ceremony' and his reliance on stereotypes

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 1, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

The prolonged scenes of brutality are unable to realize their serious impact against James Horner's rabble-rousing score.

Full Review

August 23, 2002
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

A genuinely fascinating piece of American history reduced by Woo to a near-psychopathic bloodbath full of transparent jingoism.

Full Review Source: Lawrence Journal-World | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 22, 2002
Neil Smith

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 Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

August 20, 2002
Luis Martinez

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

August 13, 2002
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Those 400 important Marine code talkers should have been the focus of this movie instead of one shell-shocked Marine.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 2, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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

July 29, 2002
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Something we'd never expect from a guy like John Woo: dull, lifeless, unexciting filmmaking

Full Review Source: Film Blather | Original Score: C

July 27, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

The directive to protect the code at all costs also begins to blur as the importance of the man and the code merge

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

July 26, 2002
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