The Counterfeiters Reviews

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February 28, 2008
Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
February 25, 2008
The Counterfeiters is a testament to guile. [Director] Ruzowitzky scored the picture with tangos, and the tangos are meant to be Sally's music -- seductive, insolent, triumphant.
February 22, 2008
Full of chilling, ironic details.
February 22, 2008
Writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky tells [this story] with cool wit and subtle tension.
February 22, 2008
Like most films about the Holocaust, The Counterfeiters, a brisk, tough movie from the Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a survivor's tale.
February 22, 2008
[Star Karl] Markovics largely rescues the film with his mesmerizingly layered, steady performance as a man who solves the problem of compromise by refusing to admit that he's compromising.
February 22, 2008
Director Stefan Rukowitzky keeps his camera -- wisely -- inside the forgers' separate barracks. They, and we, can only guess at what is going on in the rest of the camp. But it haunts them still.
February 22, 2008
Full of the weird details that, though unsurprising on one level, are so jarringly wrong that they seem fresh.
February 22, 2008
Demonstrates that no matter how many Holocaust stories the movies tell, there are always new and unexpected ones waiting to be revealed.
February 22, 2008
The moral dilemmas posed by this operation are dramatically rendered, and without once resorting to cant.
February 21, 2008
[Director] Ruzowitzky wisely knows he doesn't have to be overly emphatic in orchestrating the tension of both the moral conundrum and the always uncertain fate of the inmates.
February 21, 2008
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.
February 21, 2008
Ruzowitzky's faux-doc shaky-cam zooms are less about the banality of evil than the inappropriateness of style.
February 20, 2008
Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the operation.
February 20, 2008
It is a must-see, especially in this dreary movie season.
October 12, 2007
The Counterfeiters is a story that had to be told, and German director Stefan Ruzowitzky tells it plainly but well.
October 12, 2007
The moral implications of this scheme are so charged and turbulent that they defy neat resolution. If the film's inhabitants are walking a tightrope, it occasionally seems that that its writer-director is too.
October 12, 2007
This is a first-rate piece of film-making that should appeal to fans of last year's The Lives of Others.
October 10, 2007
Challenging and thought-provoking.
October 10, 2007
Haunting, horrible, brilliant.
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