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Windtalkers Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 12, 2002
...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 | Original Score: 1/4
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
June 11, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 14, 2002
With its dogged Hollywood naturalism and the inexorable passage of its characters toward sainthood, Windtalkers is nothing but a sticky-sweet soap.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 14, 2002
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
Larry Carroll
June 14, 2002
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 | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
June 14, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 19, 2002
A relentless, bombastic and ultimately empty World War II action flick.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 14, 2002
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?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
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
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
June 20, 2002
This is John Woo's worst film, a major letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
Feels slightly off-key, out of focus.
Mark R. Leeper
July 3, 2002
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
June 14, 2002
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
June 14, 2002
When it comes to the battle of Hollywood vs. Woo, it looks like Woo's a P.O.W.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 13, 2002
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
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 13, 2002
The Navajos deserve better.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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