83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Vitus, a fizzy domestic fairy tale from Switzerland, gives you a lift, as it revels in the oddball joy of genius as kid power.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
When the movie becomes pure fantasy, it's impossible to swallow. (No landlord rents an apartment to a 12-year-old with no adult in sight.)
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A gentle fable about how the young boy from Zurich struggles to fit in rather than stand out, Vitus is both a cautionary tale for pushy parents and an endearing, if eccentric, empowerment fantasy for precocious children.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A fairly average movie about a very unusual child, Vitus does have an earnest charm.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
"Joshua" is a horror movie that doesn't want to freak you out too much. Vitus freaks you out, but its makers seem to have no idea that it does.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
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.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Nevertheless, 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.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A sappy look at the title character, a 12-year-old boy who's a math and music prodigy.
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50

Chicago Tribune

A Swiss movie that flirts back and forth between the French and German sensibilities at play in that nation.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Vitus is likable enough and definitely suitable entertainment for young people willing to read subtitles.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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