Windtalkers Synopsis
A Marine (Nicolas Cage) protects a Navajo code transmitter (Adam Beach) in World War II.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's the best new battle film since "Black Hawk Down," a movie it surpasses in sheer feeling and bravura style, if not in nightmarish panic...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Windtalkers blows this way and that, but there's no mistaking the filmmaker in the tall grass, true to himself.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While I don't always have the stomach for Woo's viscera or the heart for his pure, angelic heroes and impure, diabolical villains, I found...
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63

Boston Globe

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The code talkers and their guardians - Beach and Cage, Willie and Slater - do the best they can with the oddly flat-footed script, but...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Capably made and certainly impresses by carrying its length, but it doesn't expand 60 years of World War II screen literature by very much.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The result is that the film comes across as preachy and clichéd. And, while the battle sequences are well executed from a technical...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Despite some feints in a soulful direction, the picture has none of the interior quality of a multifaceted war film like Terrence Malick's...
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The code talkers deserved better than a hollow tribute.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The strength of Windtalkers is in its occasional, all-too-short respites from battle, when Enders is struggling with his demons and Yahzee...
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20

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Navajos must have sent much more crucial messages at much higher levels during the war, but you'd never know it from this movie....
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By UNIT75
Great movie based on Navajo code talking helping win the island of sipan...

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Rated R
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ War film relies too much on relentless violence.
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