(2006)

Critic Reviews

63

Metascore

Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
83
Vitus, a fizzy domestic fairy tale from Switzerland, gives you a lift, as it revels in the oddball joy of genius as kid power.
75
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.
75
Charlotte Observer
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.)
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.
63
A fairly average movie about a very unusual child, Vitus does have an earnest charm.
63
Miami Herald
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.
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.
50
Vitus is likable enough and definitely suitable entertainment for young people willing to read subtitles.
50
Chicago Tribune
A Swiss movie that flirts back and forth between the French and German sensibilities at play in that nation.
50
A sappy look at the title character, a 12-year-old boy who's a math and music prodigy.
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.

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