The Counterfeiters (2007)



Critic Consensus: The Counterfeiters is a gripping account of one prisoner's moral dilemma, superbly portrayed by Karl Markovics.

Movie Info

Writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky explores the moral corrosion of Nazi complicity with this tightly wound adaptation of Adolf Burger's fact-based book The Devil's Workshop. Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) may be a talented artist at heart, but his desire for wealth has driven him to use his creativity for more nefarious means. Arrested by the police inspector Herzog (Devid Striesow) at the onset of World War II, Sorowitsch is sent to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp. It's not long … More

Rating: R (for some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Stefan Ruzowitzky
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 5, 2008
Box Office: $5.4M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


as Salomon Sorowitsch

as Adolf Burger

as Friedrich Herzog

as The Red-Haired Woman

as Dr. Klinger

as Aglaia
Show More Cast

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Counterfeiters

All Critics (122) | Top Critics (34)

As writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky shows, powerfully, affectingly, in The Counterfeiters, the privileges experienced by this small team of Jews and criminals came at a price.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?

Full Review… | April 28, 2011
East Bay Express

2008's Oscar-winning foreign film is unquestionably good, a wholly absorbing and taut drama that is as engaging as it is powerful. But Oscar-worthy? There's room for debate.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

It's a true story of the human condition, the Holocaust and history.

Full Review… | April 18, 2009
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

What would you do if your only chance of survival involved aiding the Nazi regime?

Full Review… | August 12, 2008
Let's Not Listen

El resultado es notable, tanto como inquietante y hasta quizás incómoda reflexión sobre el instinto de supervivencia del ser humano, y también como pieza cinematográfica.

Full Review… | August 11, 2008
Uruguay Total

Audience Reviews for The Counterfeiters

The Counterfeiters is a fictionalized do-or-die tale of survival by a group of talented counterfeiters set World War II Nazi concentration camp. Bold, brave, and provocative new perspective on Operation Bernhard and its role in the Holocaust. Credible cast and performances. A deserving 2007 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film winner.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


It may be hard to some to dare say negative things about a movie with such a delicate storyline, but The Counterfeiters has really nothing extraordinary to it and I now seem to be the only one to say it is a terribly overrated movie. The direction, which gives a TV look to the film (it was a great thing for The Pianist; here, it is only making it look cheap), is unfortunately very unsensitive while strong emotions should be what you'd find in a movie that is supposed to be inspiring. While it failed to inspire anything in me, it did manage to protray the horror of the Holocaust but never came close to other great films of the genre. Its qualities are never enough considerable to overcome its tactless and cold portrayal of a journey that was supposed to feel inspiring.

Emile Tremblay

Super Reviewer

A dark, gripping true story that works as a challenging moral exercise on the terrible choices that some were forced to make in order to survive the horrors of the Holocaust. An absorbing film that deserves even more credit for making us sympathize with a not-very-likable anti-hero.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The Counterfeiters Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Counterfeiters on our Movie forum!