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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 the ivory. In fact, the only place where Vitus seems to be in his element is in his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Oh, yes. I loved the music, but it's almost impossible to go wrong with Bach and Schumann."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"There are some likable elements to this unusual, erratic, ultimately frustrating film."
‑ Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"[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"
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"It's a simple, gentle tale that pulls its audience in almost imperceptibly; by its end, you just might be blinking away unexpected tears."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The more sentimentally inclined in the audience may even feel like applauding."
‑ Jim Emerson, Chicago Sun-Times
"I alternately wanted to slap and hug the majority of the characters"
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"Like a gifted youngster, 'Vitus' doesn't fulfill its potential."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Director/co-writer Fredi M. Murer provides some whimsically absurd twists in this gentle observation of the travails of growing up."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"[A] celebratory, family-friendly fable."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Chicago Reader
"Newcomer Teo Gheorghiu does a fantastic job of bringing the title character to life..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"...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."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"[An] appealing and crowd-pleasing film."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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