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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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August 28, 2017
The breathtaking performances and superb style earned The Counterfeiters the 2008 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
March 22, 2016
Although there is nothing ground-breaking about The Counterfeiters, it tells a moving and engrossing story with depth and intelligence, and is well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 28, 2011
Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?
September 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2009
It's a true story of the human condition, the Holocaust and history.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
October 18, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2008
What would you do if your only chance of survival involved aiding the Nazi regime?
August 11, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2008
Ruzowitzky does a fine job of capturing the claustrophia of the setting, as well as conveying the moral complexity of these characters' choices
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
July 30, 2008
Markovics expertly projects every craven instinct and heartfelt yearning of the complex protagonist, making The Counterfeiters an experience as satisfying emotionally as intellectually. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2008
A bold study of unbearable moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 22, 2008
THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 13, 2008
This richly layered allegorical clash between a criminal and a communist, pits the urge for survival despite one's debasement, against defiance, collective rebellion and martyrdom - the very impulses that advance history, but at enormous cost.
June 9, 2008
Karl Markovics is exceptionally well cast. He's not wildly expressive, but his physicality -- a small frame, a nose that bends northwest due to events we can only imagine -- is enough to carry the film's ambiguities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 8, 2008
The winner of this year's Oscar for best foreign-language film puts devils, as well as angels, on the head of the pin.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 8, 2008
Skilfully acted, written and directed, The Counterfeiters is a powerful and provocative work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 8, 2008
This Oscar-winning film ranks as the most unnerving, disturbing, true-life account yet of endurance under Nazi oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 5, 2008
The heart of the story is the horrible choice of survival, while helping your oppressors, or fighting them with sabotage and risking your life and others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 23, 2008
Gripping, but would have more impact if it had been staged -- like Paul Verhoeven's 'Black Book' -- in the straightforward manner of a classic Hollywood suspense film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
Ruzowitzky has some fine performers in the three key roles but there is a hint of unsubtlety in some of the other characters and situations. The obvious is rammed home.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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