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The Counterfeiters Reviews

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
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 13, 2008
The Counterfeiters, written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a morally challenging twist on the long and honorable tradition of forgery movies.
March 20, 2008
Based on a real-life Nazi operation, the film is a tense drama with performances that elevate the movie to the front rank of films set in concentration camps.
March 14, 2008
It's impossible not to respond to The Counterfeiters and the haunting questions it raises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp.
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
March 7, 2008
Turns out to be just as challenging and effective a political drama as Persepolis and 4 Months.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 7, 2008
slick, exciting, emotionally trenchant - well done all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 6, 2008
There are no simplistic morality lessons or tidy resolutions in The Counterfeiters, but it asks provocative questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2008
The film does shed light an another facet of Nazi history, and it does it with an attention to the complexity of human nature that makes it worthy of its Oscar win.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 29, 2008
A drama based on true historical events that leaves no conscience unchallenged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 29, 2008
The moral conundrum at the heart of Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters is worthy of Kafka or Dostoevsky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
A conventional mixture of thriller and moral drama, the film is unsettling in both intentional and unintentional ways.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 29, 2008
Skillful, absorbing.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 28, 2008
Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 25, 2008
The Counterfeiters is a testament to guile. [Director] Ruzowitzky scored the picture with tangos, and the tangos are meant to be Sally's music -- seductive, insolent, triumphant.
February 22, 2008
Full of chilling, ironic details.
February 22, 2008
Writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky tells [this story] with cool wit and subtle tension.
February 22, 2008
Like most films about the Holocaust, The Counterfeiters, a brisk, tough movie from the Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a survivor's tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 22, 2008
[Star Karl] Markovics largely rescues the film with his mesmerizingly layered, steady performance as a man who solves the problem of compromise by refusing to admit that he's compromising.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 22, 2008
Director Stefan Rukowitzky keeps his camera -- wisely -- inside the forgers' separate barracks. They, and we, can only guess at what is going on in the rest of the camp. But it haunts them still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
Full of the weird details that, though unsurprising on one level, are so jarringly wrong that they seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 22, 2008
Demonstrates that no matter how many Holocaust stories the movies tell, there are always new and unexpected ones waiting to be revealed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 22, 2008
The moral dilemmas posed by this operation are dramatically rendered, and without once resorting to cant.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
February 21, 2008
[Director] Ruzowitzky wisely knows he doesn't have to be overly emphatic in orchestrating the tension of both the moral conundrum and the always uncertain fate of the inmates.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
February 21, 2008
Ruzowitzky's faux-doc shaky-cam zooms are less about the banality of evil than the inappropriateness of style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
February 20, 2008
Ruzowitzky depicts the care and attention to detail that went into the operation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 20, 2008
It is a must-see, especially in this dreary movie season.
October 10, 2007
Stefan Ruzowitzky's meshing of plot with debate is impressive. His film is compelling and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
May 25, 2007
The moral quandary of Nazi complicity is revisited in taut drama The Counterfeiters.