Vitus Reviews

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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
January 1, 2008
I alternately wanted to slap and hug the majority of the characters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 29, 2007
Newcomer Teo Gheorghiu does a fantastic job of bringing the title character to life...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
October 23, 2007
[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
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Urban Cinefile
September 7, 2007
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
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 10, 2007
Director/co-writer Fredi M. Murer provides some whimsically absurd twists in this gentle observation of the travails of growing up.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 9, 2007
[An] appealing and crowd-pleasing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
August 9, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 3, 2007
It's a simple, gentle tale that pulls its audience in almost imperceptibly; by its end, you just might be blinking away unexpected tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
August 3, 2007
Its heart is never anywhere but in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 3, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 2, 2007
If you suspend your disbelief, you will be rewarded with fine performances and a feel-good message that isn't cloying or sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2007
The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
July 27, 2007
[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2007
While the metaphor here may be too literal for some tastes, Murer shows how our families also give us the wings to fly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 26, 2007
The cast is superb, especially the young actors who portray Vitus; [Teo] Gheorghiu is a real-life piano prodigy, lending an extra frisson to the intoxicating music that plays throughout the film.
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
July 19, 2007
A touching and inspirational fantasy, buoyed by splendid music and considerable humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
In addition to the rich classical music on its score (with piano solos played by Gheorgiu who is a real-life musical prodigy), the film boasts strong performances by Ganz as the understanding grandparent and Jenkins and Jucker as the boy's parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 13, 2007
We're supposed to be convinced that [Vitus has] proved himself a normal kid in spite of his virtuoso skills, not because of them. It's a bit of a stretch, but he's got the long fingers for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 13, 2007
The film is charming and often funny, but under all that sweetness are some very sharp observations about contemporary life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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Bob Mondello
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 11, 2007
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