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The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Fantasy . Drama . Comedy . Family

A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

Actors: Jennifer Garner , Joel Edgerton , Ron Livingston , Rosemarie DeWitt , CJ Adams , Patrick Brouder , Kendall Ryan Sanders , Chan Creswell , William J. Harrison , Odeya Rush
Directors: Peter Hedges
Country: USA
Release: 2012-08-15
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  • Roger Ebert

    Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton are appealing together as far from perfect parents, and CJ Adams has that ability of so many child actors to be pitch-perfect.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    The kid is a charmer, the message is heartfelt - love your kids while you can - and, OK, the ending might jerk a few tears, even from a crank like me. OK, it did.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    With just the right dose of magic and no shortage of sentiment, this inspirational parenting tale from writer-director Peter Hedges plays like "Mary Poppins" in reverse.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie should have been called Diary of a Wimpy Forrest Gump. It's genuinely soft-hearted (you're all but guaranteed to cry) but mush-brained, too.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The film's earnestness makes up for its high corn factor.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Drama/comedy fables such as "Big" and "13 Going on 30" effectively transported viewers to their whimsical alternate reality. But Timothy Green feels more predictable than other-worldly.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Hedges is a determined romantic and a bit of a saphead. He's also humane.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    The midway point between "A.I." and "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid." It has quirky charm and a tender heart, but the treacly sentiment may become wearisome.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Odd indeed. In a good way, mostly.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • John DeFore

    A fairy tale about parenting that stays kid-friendly without completely glossing over the darker themes of its premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    It's a magical film in the vein of E.T. where an otherworldly event changes a family forever.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The Odd Life Of Timothy Green attempts to stage a modern fairy tale in Middle America. But in spite of an abundance of earnestness, the pixie dust needed to create magic remains out of the film's reach.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    As anodyne as it is, Timothy Green may represent the last gasp of a genre, the live-action family fable, that has been an entertainment staple for a couple of generations of moviegoers.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Hedges has demonstrated his sensitivity to internecine family conflicts and the tenor of small-time life. However, The Odd Life of Timothy Green seems always to be straining for whimsy and wonder.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    In the end, what mars "Timothy Green" most is its middle-of-the-road approach. Its appealingly quirky, fairy-tale-like center is so coated with sugar, it cloys. It's not that "Timothy Green" is odd, but that it isn't odd enough.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    If the movie's story is anything but daring, it does takes guts to make a movie so shamelessly emotional as this one. Not that guts are the same as taste.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Maytum

    An outdated oddity.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    For all its feints at sensitivity, this isn't a movie, it's a machine, and it's hard not to be impressed - perhaps even awed - by the sheer ruthlessness with which it jerks the tears from your eyes. If anything, a real movie might just have gotten in the way.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Although little Timothy does arrive in unusual circumstances, his story will feel familiar to anyone who's encountered Hollywood's particular brand of calculated sentimentality.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The ghastliness of this damp and squishy comedy is the byproduct of a confused and earnest sentimentality, a willful devotion to wide-eyed wonder that confuses simplicity with simple-mindedness.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    This is a movie that confuses teary with sweet. Mopey with sad. Discomfort with humor. And, worst of all, it confuses weird with odd.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Not only is the story dreamed up by producer Ahmet Zappa even odder than the title indicates, its execution gets increasingly irritating as the film goes on.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    What follows is a film as odd as its title character. Timothy flings grown-up ideas at the viewer but rips the teeth from them rather than risk our discomfort.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    Timothy is apparently nothing more than practice for when a real child comes along - at which point the movie's cloying cotton-candy flavor develops a seriously astringent aftertaste.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Whatever director Peter Hedges' intent, the movie itself, a sentimental blend of magical realism and saccharine emotions, is oddly false. It made me want to go on a sugar cleanse.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Kids are too smart to fall for it, and any grown-up who thinks that The Odd Life of Timothy Green is funny or heartwarming has a head made out of cabbage.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The word "sappy" comes to mind, constantly. So often that I wanted to make like a tree and leaf. Frankly I'm stumped, wondering exactly who the audience is for such a drab slab of saccharine uplift.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    Disney draws a big fat bullseye on the fast-growing infertile-couple demographic with this airless misfire.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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