It's not afraid to deal with darker issues - that childhood isn't forever - and Adams plays it just the right side of mawkish while Hedges makes sure it's anything but a smooth ride.
| Original Score: 3/5
The bittersweet mood pervades until the final frames when Hedges contrives a satisfying resolution that should leave a few lumps in throats.
| Original Score: 6/10
It has quirky charm and a tender heart, but the treacly sentiment may become wearisome.
If it's not quite as deep as it would like, Timothy Green does what it sets out to do better than most.
| Original Score: 7/10
... rather solemn whimsy, but hard to dislike ...
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is not your garden-variety feel-good kids' film, but it's a quirky, tender and mature ode to parenting that is equally entertaining for adults and children.
Positive stories like this one are much needed in these hard economic times, just as they were needed in the Great Depression during the 1930s.
| Original Score: B
Refreshingly well written and acted for what it is.
[It] gets a tad bittersweet in its finale, but it's Disney schmaltz of the highest order. By the end, the movie grows on you.
| Original Score: 3/4
If there were an Academy Award for the film that gave the greatest effort to simply like it, The Odd Life of Timothy Green would be unbeatable.
A story for childless adults made and marketed for the children those adults don't even have yet.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
A touching fable, Odd Life benefits from an eager cast and a unique sensitivity, finding a comfortable, endearing position between a bizarre premise and its enthusiastic execution.
| Original Score: B+
The Odd Life of Timothy Green is just average. Oddly, and ironically, being average is what gives the film its charm.
| Original Score: 4/5
This is a slight fantasy that asks viewers to buy into an awful lot...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This sweet, whimsical, bittersweet tale is one of the summer's nicest surprises.
Writer-director Peter Hedges has found a gem in young actor CJ Adams to play his magical character.
| Original Score: 8
A fable about parenting and its accompanying joys and sorrows, done in the trademark Walt Disney style of pleasant, feel-good entertainment that doesn't leave much of an emotional trace.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Sentimental family drama about the magic of raising a kid.
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is not great; it is not even remarkable. It is simply a relaxing respite that celebrates the concept of family.
If I do the same thing, will Kate Beckinsale emerge from my garden?