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Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet--he has hearing like a bat, he plays piano like a virtuoso and studies encyclopedias. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him. They want Vitus to become a pianist. However, the little genius prefers to play in his eccentric grandfather's workshop. He dreams of flying and of a normal childhood. Ultimately, with one dramatic leap, Vitus takes control of his own life.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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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