The Odd Life of Timothy Green Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 4, 2013
Odd indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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August 22, 2012
The film is schmaltzy and very saccharine, so sweet it'll give you a toothache.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 16, 2012
It's hard to believe that Hedges once wrote some decent light fiction (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, An Ocean in Iowa) before he started making greeting-card movies like Dan in Real Life and this one.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 16, 2012
"There comes a point where "Odd Life of Timothy Green" is just too sentimental and too odd."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 16, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 15, 2012
Mostly, The Odd Life of Timothy Green feels contrived , if undeniably sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 15, 2012
[It] feels like a retreat - into manufactured drama shellacked with sticky sentimentality, into risk-free storytelling full of coldly contrived conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 15, 2012
It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 15, 2012
Anyone with an expectation of reality, or an aversion to mawkish melodrama, should probably stay home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2012
Hedges is a determined romantic and a bit of a saphead. He's also humane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 15, 2012
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is the sort of movie you actually hope kids see. How rare is that?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 15, 2012
[It] invites critical derision, and Mom always taught me it was rude to refuse an invitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 15, 2012
Someday we should hold a contest to see who's better at smiling through tears: Robin Williams or Jennifer Garner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2012
A sun-dappled, heartwarming family film about a 10-year-old who sprouts out of the garden one magic night. It stars an extraordinary boy, C.J. Adams, with an extraordinary pair of gray eyes that gleam with joy and insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2012
The movie should have been called Diary of a Wimpy Forrest Gump.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 15, 2012
A pleasant if occasionally humdrum fairy tale, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" lets us spend two hours in the company of some very nice people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2012
It is sweet but tries to avoid sentimentality, at least for as long as it can. And the casting of CJ Adams as the title character goes a long way toward forgiving the lapses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 15, 2012
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green" is Disney's formula flawlessly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2012
The kind of full-bodied family film being pushed aside in favor of franchises and slam-bang confusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 14, 2012
The Odd Life Of Timothy Green plays it too safe, scrupulously avoiding turning into a downer while nodding toward themes of mortality, aging, and loss. It wants to warm hearts without ever daring to break them.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alison Willmore
Time Out
August 14, 2012
The movie's cloying cotton-candy flavor develops a seriously astringent aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
August 14, 2012
Timothy flings grown-up ideas at the viewer but rips the teeth from them rather than risk our discomfort.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
August 14, 2012
If you're up for having your heart warmed... and have the patience to go on its short but sweet journey, [it] is truly a family fable for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 14, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 14, 2012
It made me want to go on a sugar cleanse.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 14, 2012
The only thing growing in these rows is corn - the kind used to make high-fructose syrup.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 13, 2012
Fantastic though the story may be, the people in it need to make it feel real, and no one in "Timothy Green" has any claim to authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 13, 2012
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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2012
A fairy tale about parenting that stays kid-friendly without completely glossing over the darker themes of its premise.