The Odd Life of Timothy Green
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Director/writer Peter Hedges brings enchantment to the screen with The Odd Life of Timothy Green, an inspiring, magical story about a happily married couple, Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can't wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim -- and their small town of Stanleyville -- learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life's greatest gifts. -- (C) Disney

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Odd indeed."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
""There comes a point where "Odd Life of Timothy Green" is just too sentimental and too odd.""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Even allowing for a certain level of unreality in a movie intended as an allegory, The Odd Life of Timothy Green smells of contrivance and falseness."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Not so much moving as stomach churning."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"[A] painfully sentimental, would-be magical tale ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The film is schmaltzy and very saccharine, so sweet it'll give you a toothache."
‑ Amanda Mae Meyncke,
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Instead of wanting to turn over a new "leaf," I wound up OD-ing on sap."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"It looks and sounds like your average family feelgood movie, but everything else about it is just plain odd."
‑ Will Salmon, SFX Magazine
"The Odd Life of Timothy Green, finds Disney at an altogether new low, capped off by a cringeworthy dance sequence that will make you scream for Timothy to crawl back into his magical hole."
‑ Jamie Neish, HeyUGuys
"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."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Mostly, The Odd Life of Timothy Green feels contrived , if undeniably sweet."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"As odd as the title suggests, this is a strange and dreadfully overwrought family yarn."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sunday Age
"A slice of retro whimsy, it's rooted to nothing in particular and is inoffensive in every way except its overwhelming blandness."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Timothy's magic is as modest as can be, and its aim is a bit off... [U]ndemanding, inoffensive, and instantly forgettable."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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