Amanda Mae Meyncke
The film is schmaltzy and very saccharine, so sweet it'll give you a toothache.
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.
"There comes a point where "Odd Life of Timothy Green" is just too sentimental and too odd."
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.
Mostly, The Odd Life of Timothy Green feels contrived , if undeniably sweet.
[It] feels like a retreat - into manufactured drama shellacked with sticky sentimentality, into risk-free storytelling full of coldly contrived conflict.
It's the sort of thing you'll either find enchanting or an excellent reason to reach for the Scotch.
Anyone with an expectation of reality, or an aversion to mawkish melodrama, should probably stay home.