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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 6, 2008
An especially impressive achievement.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
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
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 25, 2008
... an honest effort to sound painful human depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 22, 2008
...[puts] a human face on the Holocaust...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
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.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
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
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
April 11, 2008
...the film's hermetic feel often isolates what should be moments of greater emotional wallop.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 10, 2008
The real 'trick' or feat that's successfully performed by The Counterfeiters is making us care about a character who, on the surface at least, isn't particularly likable or sympathetic.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 10, 2008
Much of "Counterfeiters" is actually pretty thrilling, as Sorowitsch, a classic taciturn anti-hero in the Humphrey Bogart or William Holden mold, struggles with whether to go along with the Nazi plan or figure out some way of undoing it from within.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
March 28, 2008
A work of entertainment that's also an honest-to-God work of art.
| Original Score: A
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