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Vitus Reviews

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Tom Beer
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 22, 2007
Oh, yes. I loved the music, but it's almost impossible to go wrong with Bach and Schumann.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2007
There are some likable elements to this unusual, erratic, ultimately frustrating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 27, 2007
Vitus freaks you out, but its makers seem to have no idea that it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 21, 2007
Gheorghiu's bad-seed severity has a creepy undercurrent.
| Original Score: C-
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 13, 2007
Directed with a conspicuous lack of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 13, 2007
Director Fredi Murer strains too hard for it to be something more, a magical opus about childhood and taking flight, in this instance literally and figuratively. You wind up feeling manipulated instead of emotionally moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
July 13, 2007
Vitus's cool intelligence, knotty narrative and precise performances make it a pleasure to watch even when it sends mixed messages about the true nature of its protagonist.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 11, 2007
Vitus, a fizzy domestic fairy tale from Switzerland, gives you a lift, as it revels in the oddball joy of genius as kid power.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2007
Murer is a skillful director and has crafted a crowd-pleasing story that will have particular appeal to mature 'tweeners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jean Oppenheimer
L.A. Weekly
July 5, 2007
Genius weighs heavily on a child prodigy who longs to be 'normal' in this charming Swiss import from veteran director Fredi M. Murer.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 4, 2007
This was Switzerland's entry for the 2006 Oscars, and you can see why. Like most award-seeking crowd-pleasers, it places uncomfortable impulses in opposition then dramatizes them in the most unchallenging way imaginable.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 29, 2007
There are few movies more infuriating than those that completely misjudge our reaction to their main characters -- and Vitus, alas, is at the head of that class.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 29, 2007
If writer-director Fredi Murer had sparked a more rebellious spirit within the project, he might have made a truly memorable fantasy for both children and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
June 28, 2007
To those of us for whom there can never be enough film dramas with a classical music backdrop, Vitus comes as a bit of a disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
November 29, 2006
Pic is a fine example of old-fashioned story-telling and also will dance wherever detailed character development and leisurely-paced drama are appreciated.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 29, 2006
Although a tad sentimental, Vitus is charming and smart in how it deals with its fascinating central character, a very young child prodigy, and the problems he experiences because of his overheated brain power.