Cage is superb as a hollowed-out, ferocious man of action chasing his demons recklessly with machine gun firing away.
Keith PhippsThe A.V. Club
Well matched both to the material and each other, Cage and Beach capture Windtalkers' true struggle, the fight to hold on to values like honor, friendship, and tenderness in an environment that demands otherwise. This is as much a Woo trademark as the carefully orchestrated gunplay.
Michael SragowBaltimore Sun
Woo's antiwar intentions and his talent are at odds. In Windtalkers, war is a beautiful hell.
Andy KleinNew Times (L.A.)
The over-the-top sincerity that is so rewarding in "Face/Off" (1998), Woo's best American film, feels too clichéd in this more conventional context.