• 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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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

...if you, like me, think an action film disguised as a war tribute is disgusting to begin with, then you're in for a painful ride.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 1/4

June 12, 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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Navajo code talkers have waited a long time to have their story told. Too bad it appears here merely as a gimmick in an action picture.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 14, 2002
James Berardinelli
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This film proves that more is needed than visceral displays of battle carnage, digitally amplified gunfire and explosions, and a camera that won't keep still.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 11, 2002
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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With its dogged Hollywood naturalism and the inexorable passage of its characters toward sainthood, Windtalkers is nothing but a sticky-sweet soap.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 14, 2002
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

The movie does a disservice to the men it is intended to honor by perpetuating their marginalization and making the Nicolas Cage character the main focus of the story.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 14, 2002
Larry Carroll

Windtalkers takes a great, original story about an unrecognized group of true American heroes and wraps it with layer upon layer of war cliches until it suffocates.

Full Review Source: Countingdown.com | Original Score: C+

June 14, 2002
Scott Weinberg

That the Chuck Norris "grenade gag" occurs about 7 times during Windtalkers is a good indication of how serious-minded the film is.

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

June 14, 2002
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A relentless, bombastic and ultimately empty World War II action flick.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 19, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Call me crazy, but if you were going to make a movie called Windtalkers, might it not make sense for the windtalkers to be the main characters?

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 14, 2002
Todd Gilchrist

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
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
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

This is John Woo's worst film, a major letdown.

Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 20, 2002
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Feels slightly off-key, out of focus.

June 14, 2002
Mark R. Leeper

John Woo superficially glosses over what should have been the most interesting parts of his story to get to cliched drama and stylized violence.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

July 3, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Woo probably expected that Enders' battle with his demons would drive the movie but, unfortunately, Rice and Batteer's hackneyed script constantly gets in the way.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

June 18, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

One thing that should be taught in Film Criticism 101 is that a fascinating subject does not necessarily guarantee a fascinating movie -- and the new film Windtalkers would be an excellent case in point.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 14, 2002
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily

When it comes to the battle of Hollywood vs. Woo, it looks like Woo's a P.O.W.

Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 14, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Woo has as much right to make a huge action sequence as any director, but how long will filmmakers copy the "Saving Private Ryan" battle scenes before realizing Steven Spielberg got it right the first time?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 13, 2002
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

The Navajos deserve better.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

June 13, 2002

Boston Phoenix
June 15, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 15, 2002

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
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