Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Vitus, a fizzy domestic fairy tale from Switzerland, gives you a lift, as it revels in the oddball joy of genius as kid power.
  2. 80
    The cast is superb, especially the young actors who portray Vitus; Gheorghiu is a real-life piano prodigy, lending an extra frisson to the intoxicating music that plays throughout the film.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. Reviewed by: Jean Oppenheimer
    Charming Swiss import.
  6. 70
    Combines complex relationships with a winning style of storytelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    A natural for kidfests, pic is a fine example of old-fashioned story-telling and also will dance wherever detailed character development and leisurely-paced drama are appreciated.
  8. 70
    Celebratory, family-friendly fable.
  9. 67
    Its heart is never anywhere but in the right place.
  10. 63
    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.
  11. A fairly average movie about a very unusual child, Vitus does have an earnest charm.
  12. 63
    "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.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    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.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    The triumphant musical cues and comic double takes encourage us to cheer Vitus's high jinks as if he were Ferris Bueller's ivory-tickling kid brother.
  15. The film ultimately swindles its own story.
  16. Reviewed by: Sid Smith
    A Swiss movie that flirts back and forth between the French and German sensibilities at play in that nation.
  17. 50
    A sappy look at the title character, a 12-year-old boy who's a math and music prodigy.
  18. Vitus is likable enough and definitely suitable entertainment for young people willing to read subtitles.
  19. 50
    It is ultimately a simplistic film that will play better to youngsters who wish their grandpas were this cool and to parents who are nostalgic for the kind of exceptional childhood they neither had nor can provide for their own children.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 24, 2011
    Sadly, despite its great performances, "Vitus" takes and drags itself into monotonous hours developing unnecessary dialogue and additional characters.
  2. BarbaraH
    Mar 7, 2009
    A touching movie. The love the older Vitus has for music, the emotion that shows in his playing is worth watching. I especially liked the scene in the bike park where the music each child is listening to is contrasted against one another. You knew then that there was music in this child that could not be held back. A wonderful way to spend 2 hours! Full Review »
  3. ArthurK.
    Aug 20, 2007
    Great movie, a bit long. Some scenes drag on.