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The Counterfeiters


The Counterfeiters tells the true story of Salomon Sorowitsch, a swindler who made a name for himself as Berlin's "King of the Counterfeiters." However, his life of women and easy money is cut short when he's arrested...

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bleak, mature film about WWII concentration camp.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this subtitled drama, which is based on a true story, deals with mature themes and includes difficult images of cruelty and murder in a World War II concentration camp. Violence includes beating, fighting, and shooting, with visible blood, bruises, and other signs of brutality. Prisoners are starved, and guards are nasty. Two brief scenes show naked or almost naked women (from the backs). Language includes "f--k," "s--t," and derogatory uses of "Jew."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the impossible choices faced by prisoners in concentration camps -- particularly as portrayed in the movies. What kinds of compromises are they forced to make to stay alive? How does this affect them? How does the strong material in the film make you feel? Do you believe the atrocities depicted here can happen again? Why or why not? Families can also discuss how the movie compares different kinds of criminality. How do Solly's crimes compare to the Nazis'? What makes some crimes worse than others?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: 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, Thursday, March 20, 2008

Fresh: Is this the last word on the Holocaust? No. But nothing is. And nothing ever should be.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 14, 2008

Rotten: THE COUNTERFEITERS is an accurate procedural, just not a very engrossing or moving film.

- Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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 the Holocaust. An absorbing film that deserves even more credit for making us sympathize with a not-very-likable anti-hero.

- blacksheepboy, Monday, June 7, 2010

3 stars

What a great film

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, October 14, 2009

4 stars

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 shoe-string. Highly recommended!

- SirPant, Friday, October 2, 2009