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Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (2020)



Critic Consensus: A fun, fast paced film for all, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made celebrates the power of imagination with a delightful sense of humor and just the right amount of bears.

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Based on the best-selling book by Stephan Pastis, the Disney+ original movie "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" follows the hilarious exploits of Timmy Failure, a quirky, deadpan 5th grader from Portland who, along with a 1,500-pound polar bear named Total, operates Total Failure Inc., a detective agency. Somewhat of an outsider at his elementary school, Timmy is clueless but confident and wants to see his detective agency become the best in the world. But first he must navigate the world of adults around him, including his overburdened mother Patty, her well-meaning boyfriend Crispin, his teacher and nemesis Mr. Crocus, and Mr. Jenkins, a school-mandated guidance counselor, and figure out what it means to be normal when you know deep down inside you're different.


Ophelia Lovibond
as Patty Failure
Chloe Coleman
as Molly Moskins
Winslow Fegley
as Timmy Failure
Ruby Matenko
as Maxine Shellenberger
Allie Dunbar
as Vet Assistant
Sydney Winbush
as Purse Snatch Victim
Nicole Anthony
as Mrs. Novachek
Ai-Chan Carrier
as Corrina Corrina
Ai Chan Carrier
as Corrina Corrina
A. Brian Daniels
as Police Officer
Matt Lewis
as Scoutmaster
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Lilian McNeil
as Classmate
Nico Bustamente
as A.D.R. Looper
John Nania
as Masked Swordsman
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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

There's a sequence about an hour in when "Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made" is briefly jolted from its hard-boiled slumber... More such scenes may have elevated it from simply being fodder for a streaming service.

February 7, 2020 | Full Review…

There isn't enough in the way of good jokes or clever references... to make the film appealing, and the flatness of Timmy's delivery, which is supposed to scan as deadpan, doesn't contain enough nuances to make much of the humor land.

February 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Sadly, Timmy himself proves oddly charmless, pathologically deluded, self-centred and heedless of the distress he causes others, not least his struggling single mother. We don't find out why he's like this, but the bear is amazing. Kids will love it.

February 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Timmy Failure is a lovely collection of deadpan jokes.

January 30, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A charming, very funny film...

January 25, 2020 | Full Review…

In his first feature since 2015's Oscar victor "Spotlight," the quiet humanity of McCarthy's filmmaking meshes oddly with the material's zanier demands, finally reaching an anodyne middle ground.

January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
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