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.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
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.
—Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
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.
—Peter Debruge Variety
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.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Odd indeed. In a good way, mostly.
—Bill Goodykoont Arizona Republic
A fairy tale about parenting that stays kid-friendly without completely glossing over the darker themes of its premise.
—John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter
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.
—Kyle Smith New York Post
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.
—Mary Pols Time
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.
—Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Disney draws a big fat bullseye on the fast-growing infertile-couple demographic with this airless misfire.
—Elise Nakhnikian Slant Magazine