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Windtalkers Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 20

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    Wall Street Journal 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. Windtalkers is practically all action and no talk.

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews 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 point-of-view, they often seem repetitive and uninspired.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune 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 and suspense.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

War film relies too much on relentless violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has a great deal of graphic battle violence and very strong language, including racial epithets. The Navajo characters are portrayed as patriotic, brave, and dedicated.

  • Families can talk about the way that Enders and Yahzee change during the course of the movie. They might also talk why the movie makers chose to focus on the Nicholas Cage character, rather than the Navajos in the title.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extreme, intense, graphic, frequent battle violence, character deaths

  • sex false0

    Sex: None

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language including racist comments

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking