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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 10, 2008
This dark arty film also has some entertainment value due to Austrian actor Markovics and his ability to inhabit his complicated character in a convincing way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 8, 2008
Rarely has a film set the starkest of basic moral questions in such sharp-edged yet subtle relief. . . . like one of the master forger's brazenly passed-off copies--so bold, unflinching and brilliant that, to any eye, it's flawless.
May 6, 2008
An especially impressive achievement.
May 6, 2008
mia istoria synarpastika alliotiki, apallagmeni ap' ta epanalambanomena enohika symplegmata tis pleiopsifias ton antistoihon taksidion stin epohi ton Nazi, kai mpoliasmeni me enan aprosdokita skliro kai tairiasto synaisthimatiko realismo, anthropon poy ks
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 1, 2008
It won the foreign language Oscar and there is nothing fake or contrived about this astonishing true story about the men in a German concentration camp who fought their own little war for survival.
April 30, 2008
The black and white blueprints of movies like Schindler's List have been tossed out, replaced with one that bleeds gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2008
Ruzowitzky's film is certainly a worthy one -- and an entertaining, intelligent one -- anchored to one of the most mesmerizing performances I've seen in a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 28, 2008
Films about moral issues are not uncommon. Films that leave the questions open are considerably rarer. This film trusts the viewer to make his own moral judgements as well as dramatizing a nearly forgotten chapter of history.
Full Review| Original Score: 8/10
April 26, 2008
It does peer deeper into the complicated moral quandaries experienced by Hitler's victims than most films on this topic do.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 25, 2008
... an honest effort to sound painful human depths.
Read More | Original Score: 90/100
April 24, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 22, 2008
...[puts] a human face on the Holocaust...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 13, 2008
The Counterfeiters, written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a morally challenging twist on the long and honorable tradition of forgery movies.
April 12, 2008
Indeed, what's clear about The Counterfeiters is that it is intended to be a Holocaust film where the archetypal facets associated with the era...are reduced to a filmic footnote.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2008
This rarely happens, but I can't find a single negative thing to say about this intriguing, beautifully mounted slice of cinema.
| Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2008
[Director Ruzowitzky] moves The Counterfeiters along at a fast clip that covers a lot of ground in an hour and a half.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2008
[It] manages the difficult task of illuminating the size of the Nazis' horror while still focusing on a few men in the middle of it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2008
...the film's hermetic feel often isolates what should be moments of greater emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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