The Counterfeiters
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Writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky explores the moral corrosion of Nazi complicity with this tightly wound adaptation of Adolf Burger's fact-based book The Devil's Workshop. Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) may be a talented artist at heart, but his desire for wealth has driven him to use his creativity for more nefarious means. Arrested by the police inspector Herzog (Devid Striesow) at the onset of World War II, Sorowitsch is sent to the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp. It's not long before Salomon's thinly veiled opportunism earns him a relatively comfortable… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Adam Bernstein, Washington Post
"Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"What would you do if your only chance of survival involved aiding the Nazi regime?"
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Let's Not Listen
"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]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"It's impossible not to respond to The Counterfeiters and the haunting questions it raises."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"A bold study of unbearable moral ambiguity."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The Counterfeiters, written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a morally challenging twist on the long and honorable tradition of forgery movies."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"It's a true story of the human condition, the Holocaust and history."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"Ruzowitzky does a fine job of capturing the claustrophia of the setting, as well as conveying the moral complexity of these characters' choices"
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
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