• Vitus
    2 minutes 56 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Vitus Reviews

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Tom Beer
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

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

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2008
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 29, 2007
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

[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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

October 23, 2007
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Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 7, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

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

August 10, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

[An] appealing and crowd-pleasing film.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2007
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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 Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2007
Shawn Levy

Its heart is never anywhere but in the right place.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B-

August 3, 2007
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2007
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2007
Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
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The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 27, 2007
Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader
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[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 27, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2007
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 26, 2007
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

A touching and inspirational fantasy, buoyed by splendid music and considerable humor.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

July 19, 2007
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

July 14, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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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 Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 13, 2007
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film is charming and often funny, but under all that sweetness are some very sharp observations about contemporary life.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 13, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 11, 2007
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