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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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Edward Douglas
February 19, 2008
Mainly interesting for its premise and noteworthy for the main performance. [Not] nearly as deserving of accolades as many of the foreign language films that were ignored by the Academy.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 29, 2008
The trouble is that the storytelling and filmmaking are routine (surely faux-documentary handheld camerawork is the most overused cliche in modern movies), even when the human drama is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 29, 2008
While The Counterfeiters does indeed contain a good story, it is by no means a good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Cabin
February 21, 2008
The Counterfeiters joins that class of films like Tsotsi and The Sea Inside that are just good enough to look like they matter
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 18, 2007
Only WWII junkies will find much of anything worth embracing here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
February 21, 2008
Ruzowitzky's faux-doc shaky-cam zooms are less about the banality of evil than the inappropriateness of style.
| Original Score: 3/6
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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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 25, 2008
... an honest effort to sound painful human depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Christopher Campbell
February 21, 2008
The Counterfeiters is not quite a great film. It is, however, close enough to being great that it's appropriately flawed, like a near-perfect forgery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
February 20, 2008
Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2008
It is a mark of the filmmaking and storytelling intelligence of The Counterfeiters that Ruzowitzky neither pours on the melodrama nor plays coy with the reality of things.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 22, 2008
Full of chilling, ironic details.
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 14, 2008
Is this the last word on the Holocaust? No. But nothing is. And nothing ever should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2008
Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2008
It's an absorbing, humane winner.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric D. Snider
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
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