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Vitus (2006)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 22

Though not highly original, Vitus is slightly redeemed by its charm and compelling performances.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 11

Though not highly original, Vitus is slightly redeemed by its charm and compelling performances.



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A young boy whose remarkable, almost supernatural capacity for learning prompts his parents to anticipate a brilliant future as a pianist rebels to take his fate into his own hands in director Fredi M. Murer's contemplative family drama. By kindergarten Vitus is reading encyclopedias, and by age five he is a piano prodigy. Despite the fact that his parents do their best to nurture the young boy's natural talent for music, Vitus seems strangely disinterested in refining his exceptional talents on


Art House & International, Drama

Fredi M. Murer

Nov 27, 2007


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All Critics (64) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (22) | DVD (4)

Oh, yes. I loved the music, but it's almost impossible to go wrong with Bach and Schumann.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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It's a simple, gentle tale that pulls its audience in almost imperceptibly; by its end, you just might be blinking away unexpected tears.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A good example of making the differences work for you. Deep down, this is a film about childhood dreams and the determination to make those dreams come true. With such a positive message, you can't help yodeling on your exit from the theater.

August 3, 2007
Miami Herald
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There are some likable elements to this unusual, erratic, ultimately frustrating film.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable.

July 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Una película interesante, si bien no original, sobre lo que significa crecer siendo un niño prodigio. Sorprendentes actuaciones de los pequeños protagonistas, junto al veterano y experto Bruno Ganz.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

I alternately wanted to slap and hug the majority of the characters

January 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Newcomer Teo Gheorghiu does a fantastic job of bringing the title character to life...

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

[Twelve-year-old lead actor] Gheroghiu's subtle acting ... makes the somewhat fantastical plot threads that drive the second half of the film believable, and turns what was a somewhat bloodless family drama into a cleverly constructed tale void of life-af

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Like a gifted youngster, 'Vitus' doesn't fulfill its potential.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...fairy tales are really horror shows, and the idea of children as anything other than miniature adults with the full complement of ugly motives is a relatively recent one.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The less you know about the storyline the better, but there are elements of a buddy movie, a super scam, and love story in this film about a 12 year old wunderkind who has the smarts to make his dreams soar

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Director/co-writer Fredi M. Murer provides some whimsically absurd twists in this gentle observation of the travails of growing up.

August 10, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

[An] appealing and crowd-pleasing film.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Anyone who's been or borne a gifted child will smile with recognition at Vitus, which always keeps us guessing but connected to the young superman of the title.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Its heart is never anywhere but in the right place.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Oregonian

... inconsequential fun that sells out the human story with an abrupt third-act turn from childhood rebellion to junior con game.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

If you suspend your disbelief, you will be rewarded with fine performances and a feel-good message that isn't cloying or sentimental.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Vitus

Superb! Heartwarming, interesting, clever and fun! If there had been a six star rating, that's what I would have given Vitus. One of the most delightful movies I've ever seen, and oh, the music! This film runs the gamut of emotions, and ends with the best of them all.
March 14, 2011

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    1. Vitus von Holzen: Sometimes you have to cut the tree to save the fruit.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Grandfather: If you can't decide, you'll have to part with things you like.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Vitus von Holzen: I'd like to be someone else.
    2. Grandfather: Like who, for example?
    3. Vitus von Holzen: I don't know, whoever, just normal.
    4. Grandfather: As normal as me?
    5. Vitus von Holzen: No, more normal..
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Isabel (earlier): How long are you going to stay in your room?
    2. Vitus Age 6: Until I am an adult.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
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