The Counterfeiters
The Counterfeiters (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Counterfeiters is a gripping account of one prisoner's moral dilemma, superbly portrayed by Karl Markovics.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Adam Bernstein
Washington Post

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Sally Sorowitsch is the little gangster who outsmarts the big gangsters. What could be more gratifying than that?

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's impossible not to respond to The Counterfeiters and the haunting questions it raises.

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Mike Scott

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.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The Counterfeiters, written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, is a morally challenging twist on the long and honorable tradition of forgery movies.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Deft and fascinating handling of a moral quandary in a Nazi concentration camp.

Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

It's a true story of the human condition, the Holocaust and history.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
The Counterfeiters is a fictionalized do-or-die tale of survival by a group of talented counterfeiters set World War II Nazi concentration camp. Bold, brave,… More
Anthony Lawrie
An excellent German thriller based on a true story. The cast is fantastic, particularly Markovics, as is the direction. Brilliant considering is was made on a… More
Emile Tremblay
It may be hard to some to dare say negative things about a movie with such a delicate storyline, but The Counterfeiters has really nothing extraordinary to it… More
Daniel Perry
I would hardly be the first to compare Nazi concentration camps to Hell, but this film brought to mind an interesting way to do so: the notion of contrapasso,… More
Carlos Magalhães
A dark, gripping true story that works as a challenging moral exercise on the terrible choices that some were forced to make in order to survive the horrors of… More
Stella Dallas
intense and well acted ww2 drama about the largest counterfeiting operation of all time, undertaken by the nazis using prisoners in a concentration camp who… More