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Windtalkers

Rated R for pervasive graphic war violence and language.

R In Theaters 06/14/2002 , 134min.
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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
We can only view Windtalkers with the same shaken detachment that characterizes Mr. Cage's Joe Enders, wishing that the codetalkers' real story, a little known and fascinating chunk of American history, had been given its true dramatic import. Full Review
David Edelstein
Slate
Woo could end up becoming the John Ford of schmaltz. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
For all this potential, and the appealing presence of Nicolas Cage and newcomer Adam Beach, Windtalkers remains almost obstinately flat. Full Review
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
The result is that the film comes across as preachy and clichéd. And, while the battle sequences are well executed from a technical point-of-view, they often seem repetitive and uninspired. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk. Full Review

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