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Windtalkers Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
War film relies too much on relentless violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
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
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
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
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
James Rocchi
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
October 30, 2002
It comfortably emerges as the best of the recent war flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Andrew O'Hehir
Sight and Sound
September 3, 2002
If Windtalkers is overlong and hopelessly overwrought, it is also thrilling and beautiful.
Luis Martinez
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
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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
It's the best new battle film since Black Hawk Down.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
June 18, 2002
Strip it of all its excess debris, and you'd have a 90-minute, four-star movie. As it is, it's too long and unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Avram
Omaha Reader (Nebraska)
June 17, 2002
If you allow yourself to be seduced by Woo's unusual vision, you'll be rewarded with two hours of rich irony: a war film filled with cliches unlike any you've seen before.
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David Levine
June 15, 2002
Captures the spirit of the Navajo Marines and the vitally important role they played in saving the lives of many Marines who helped the United States win key battles in WWII.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 14, 2002
Although too simplistic, overly melodramatic and psychologically underdeveloped to be a great movie, Windtalkers is a perfectly good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times
June 14, 2002
This is one of the most intensely personal war films you will ever see.
| Original Score: 3/4

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June 18, 2012

Boston Phoenix
June 15, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 15, 2002
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