91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Without doing anything so divisive as taking sides, The Counterfeiters pays sympathetic attention to those who play their cards to win even when the rules are terrible, not least because the remarkable Markovics, an Austrian TV actor with a pugnacious anvil of a head, is so riveting as an unsaintly survivor.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Quiet, watchful, out for himself, Sorowitsch is a complicated figure - neither hero nor villain, and certainly no fool. The Austrian actor Markovics is riveting in the role; he is wiry, anticipatory, his eyes darting with intelligence and worry.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Swift and compelling, winner of this year’s Oscar for best foreign-language picture, The Counterfeiters may not be destined for the large international audience that embraced last year’s winner, “The Lives of Others.” But it’s the better, tougher film, with a more provocative moral dilemma at its center.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Some movies rest on an actor's face, and The Counterfeiters has a great one.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Though extensively fictionalized -- Sorowitch is loosely based on the notorious, larger-than-life forger Salomon Smolianoff; Herzog on SS officer Bernhard Krueger, after whom the operation was named.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Well made, provocative and compelling.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Based on the true story of the world's largest counterfeiting operation, The Counterfeiters is full of the weird details that, though unsurprising on one level, are so jarringly wrong that they seem fresh: As a reward for producing 134 million pounds sterling, the prisoners get a pingpong table.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
From an historical perspective, the story is interesting because it shows a different side of the war than what we're used to observing in motion pictures.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
It is always intriguing as it follows the arrest and captivity of Salomon Sorowitsch (the terrific Karl Markovics), one of Germany's leading counterfeiters.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Counterfeiters is inevitably serious, even austere, and full of chilling, ironic details.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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