• R, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Stefan Ruzowitzky
    In Theaters:
    Feb 10, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 5, 2008
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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Edward Douglas

Mainly interesting for its premise and noteworthy for the main performance. [Not] nearly as deserving of accolades as many of the foreign language films that were ignored by the Academy.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6.5/10

February 19, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 22, 2008
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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The trouble is that the storytelling and filmmaking are routine (surely faux-documentary handheld camerawork is the most overused cliche in modern movies), even when the human drama is not.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 29, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

While The Counterfeiters does indeed contain a good story, it is by no means a good film.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2008
Chris Cabin

The Counterfeiters joins that class of films like Tsotsi and The Sea Inside that are just good enough to look like they matter

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Only WWII junkies will find much of anything worth embracing here.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

September 18, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Ruzowitzky's faux-doc shaky-cam zooms are less about the banality of evil than the inappropriateness of style.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

February 21, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This dark, absorbing thriller is not just a moral exercise in the awful choices faced by those determined to survive history's worst genocide. It invites us to imagine ourselves in the shoes of a not-quite-lovable rogue.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

April 24, 2008
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... an honest effort to sound painful human depths.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

April 25, 2008
Christopher Campbell

The Counterfeiters is not quite a great film. It is, however, close enough to being great that it's appropriately flawed, like a near-perfect forgery.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2008
James Berardinelli
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Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the operation.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 20, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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At its best -- and queasiest -- The Counterfeiters asks disturbing questions more commonly found in the survivor literature of Primo Levi or Bruno Bettelheim than at the movies.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 21, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It is a mark of the filmmaking and storytelling intelligence of The Counterfeiters that Ruzowitzky neither pours on the melodrama nor plays coy with the reality of things.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Full of chilling, ironic details.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 22, 2008
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Mike Scott

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 Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

September 4, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Is this the last word on the Holocaust? No. But nothing is. And nothing ever should be.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 14, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp.

March 14, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's an absorbing, humane winner.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 7, 2008
Eric D. Snider

It does peer deeper into the complicated moral quandaries experienced by Hitler's victims than most films on this topic do.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B

April 26, 2008
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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