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Windtalkers Reviews

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June 5, 2014
From the fluttering flags to James Horner's shamelessly manipulative music, this is more like a patriotic "Heritage Moment" than a film about actual people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
War film relies too much on relentless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 19, 2008
The energy and conviction of the action sequences don't quite compensate for Windtalkers' emotional cliches and historical heedlessness.
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Robert Koehler
September 19, 2008
A powerful premise turned into a stubbornly flat, derivative war movie.
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.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 2, 2008
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
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The screenwriters struggle to integrate the coded transmissions with the action, and the flamboyant set piece battles feel like so much empty rhetoric.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
December 19, 2005
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+
David Grove
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
I didn't expect a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Todd Gilchrist
February 1, 2004
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.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 19, 2003
A vast repository of hoary, honour-code clichés.
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 24, 2003
You'd probably be better off reading Catch 22 - even if it is for the fifth time . . .
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
A premissa é interessante, mas o terceiro ato do filme, quando Cage e Beach se tornam indestrutíveis, estraga o filme.
| Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 13, 2003
It's tough to get worked up after watching superior films like Black Hawk Down and We Were Soldiers."
| Original Score: 3/4
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/5
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Here, [Woo] has to deal with visual chaos. And he doesn't do a good job of it.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 8, 2002
...Windtalkers is one of the most exciting (not to mention violent) war movies to emerge in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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