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Vitus Reviews

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November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2008
I alternately wanted to slap and hug the majority of the characters
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 29, 2007
Newcomer Teo Gheorghiu does a fantastic job of bringing the title character to life...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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
August 10, 2007
Director/co-writer Fredi M. Murer provides some whimsically absurd twists in this gentle observation of the travails of growing up.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2007
[An] appealing and crowd-pleasing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 3, 2007
Its heart is never anywhere but in the right place.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 27, 2007
The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2007
[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable.
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
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.
July 19, 2007
A touching and inspirational fantasy, buoyed by splendid music and considerable humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
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
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