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.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
While The Counterfeiters does indeed contain a good story, it is by no means a good film.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Counterfeiters joins that class of films like Tsotsi and The Sea Inside that are just good enough to look like they matter
| Original Score: 3/5
Only WWII junkies will find much of anything worth embracing here.
Ruzowitzky's faux-doc shaky-cam zooms are less about the banality of evil than the inappropriateness of style.
| Original Score: 3/6
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
... an honest effort to sound painful human depths.
| Original Score: 90/100
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.
Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the operation.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Full of chilling, ironic details.
Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?
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.
Is this the last word on the Holocaust? No. But nothing is. And nothing ever should be.
Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp.
It's an absorbing, humane winner.
It does peer deeper into the complicated moral quandaries experienced by Hitler's victims than most films on this topic do.
| Original Score: B