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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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Hannah Brown
Jerusalem Post
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?
Mike Scott
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
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 18, 2009
It's a true story of the human condition, the Holocaust and history.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
August 12, 2008
What would you do if your only chance of survival involved aiding the Nazi regime?
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
David Cornelius
July 30, 2008
A bold study of unbearable moral ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
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.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
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
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
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
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
June 8, 2008
Skilfully acted, written and directed, The Counterfeiters is a powerful and provocative work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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+
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.
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