The Counterfeiters Synopsis
Nazis force prisoners to forge currencies in an attempt to destabilize other economies.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Boston Globe

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

By Ken Fox
Though extensively fictionalized -- Sorowitch is loosely based on the notorious, larger-than-life forger Salomon Smolianoff; Herzog on SS...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Well made, provocative and compelling.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Counterfeiters is inevitably serious, even austere, and full of chilling, ironic details.
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By tapmo
This was an excellent movie which explores the moral ambiguities of life .A group of highly skilled prisoners are recruited in a Nazi concentration camp and recieve safety and special treatment while...

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By uszmym7
The Counterfeiters is one of those historical movies that is very difficult to watch but you know you want the information: that you should be a witness to what happened. The characters were well...

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By latka
For anyone with interest in one of the most horrendous times(WWII) in more recent world history, this is an incredible piece of filmmaking. This is the story of how the Nazis attempted to undermine,...


By organrambo
Excellent film See it...

Interesting film about moral dilemmas in WWII concentration camp

By Cincinnati_guy
This movie is all about extraordinary moral dilemmas in an extreme situation. Set in a German concentration camp in WWII, a master forgery expert is coerced into helping the Nazi war effort by...

Quality movie

By Oldhamfam
You just do not see movied like this come out of Hollywood. That is a same. Well acted with a quality plot....

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By alangainer
It is very good movie. But you have to remember this is a foreign film. The camera work is certainly not American....

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By Etpin
this was a very good movie. Story, acting, and especially taken from a true story that we had nver heard about. I recommend it....

Great Movie!

By Karrieskeys
Sehr gut!...

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By robinfriedman
Definitely worth seeing...

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Rated R | For some strong violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Bleak, mature film about WWII concentration camp.
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