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Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 118
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 53

While it has moments of inspiration, Gnomeo and Juliet is often too self-referential for its own good.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 13

While it has moments of inspiration, Gnomeo and Juliet is often too self-referential for its own good.

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The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In the upcoming "Gnomeo & Juliet," Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury ("Shrek 2") and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and

May 24, 2011

$99.8M

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"Toy Story" goes Shakespearean in this animated retelling of the tale of the star-crossed lovers of Verona.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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Gnomeo & Juliet stays too low to the ground to become an animated classic, but if there's a fairer midwinter's tale, wherefore art thou?

February 26, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Uneven is the course, as the Bard might say, but the ride is plenty of fun.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday
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Sadly, the music is largely wasted on the material, as somehow gnomes racing a lawnmower doesn't organically translate to a song about fighting and getting a little action in.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Seriously, have most small children here even seen a garden gnome? Outside of a website commercial, maybe, or the cover of Grandpa's old "All Things Must Pass" album?

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's nothing here as clever as you find in Pixar fare, or Dreamwork's successful Shrek franchise, although co-writer/director Kelly Asbury did helm the Oscar-nominated Shrek 2.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Sophomoric humor and a lack of substance make Gnomeo and Juliet a rather forgettable flick.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A daft and mostly deft low-budget animated "Romeo & Juliet"

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

And thus the old joke has finally been fulfilled of someone pitching Romeo and Juliet to Hollywood and hearing in response, 'Couldn't they live at the end? I mean, it's kind of a downer.' [Blu-ray]

June 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

... shenanigans play out to a score of classic Elton John songs (and two new ones) and a script crammed full of pop-culture references and Shakespeare puns.

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

One of the most charming and kid-friendly animated offerings in quite a while.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix

Gnome matter what, I try not to pre-judge.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

A plethora of talented voices and some silly Shakespearean references make this cartoon a winner.

March 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

For a movie about inanimate objects, Gnomeo & Juliet is quite animated.

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

For all the difference it would make, they could have just booted the Elton John tunes and instead employed, say, Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" or Cee Lo's "**** You."

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

It's a diversity of talent befitting the melding of Shakespeare, Elton John, and garden gnomes; those unopposed to a little lunacy will enjoy the adventure.

February 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

For all the clever writing buried in the Gnomeo & Juliet script, the end result is a bit disappointing. But I couldn't hate it.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

Shakespeare is hovering, rolling, and leaping in his grave, folks...

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There is something unbelievably cool about tapping your toes to Tiny Dancer, Rocket Man, and Bennie And The Jets while adorable little gnomes cavort about and ultimately wreak havoc on screen.

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Gnomeo & Juliet was not a good idea to begin with.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Comment (1)
Herald Sun (Australia)

Rest assured the ending here is very 21st century: cheap, predictable, and witless.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

What would have saved it, if it had been saved, is the design and animation.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The nine writers involved (this took nine writers?) wussed out on the tragic ending in a way that won't bother the kids but might feel like a cop-out to some of the older audience members.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

Audience Reviews for Gnomeo and Juliet

Interesting and cute twist on a classic story, even though it's a bit generic.. I don't mind all the Elton John music! The animators did a good job with the garden plants and plaster texture of all the garden Gnomes. It's odd how solid statues can become so flexible without cracking. The 3D is sort of cool, but not essential. It's a bit odd how none of the neighbours notice anything going on in the alleyway. The movie poster is terrible with the Gnome stuck upside down in the grass. I enjoyed the sweetness of this movie candy, but wouldn't want to eat it too often.
June 21, 2012
YosemiteSamFan

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Sweet cartoon tale based (obviously) on William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Blue Gnomeo and red Juliet are figurines on adjacent lawns of neighbors who despise each other. They meet and fall in love despite the fact that the blue and the red garden gnome families are not on friendly terms either. Little known Starz Animation Toronto is responsible for this colorful computer animated comedy. Yes comedy, as liberties have been regrettably taken to lighten up the source play. Additionally, the production lacks the detailed facial expressions that usually highlights these productions. All of the gnomes have sort of the same generic features. Their repetitive countenances lack the distinction needed to engage the viewer. The production does feature an impressive array of British talent that includes James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the lead characters. There's also a plastic garden frog named Nannette, Juliet's best friend, who is a notably goofy side character. But it's ironic that the funniest voice belongs to American wrestler Hulk Hogan as an announcer that commands internet shoppers to purchase the Terrafirminator lawn mower: "It's a weapon of GRASS destruction!" The story could have used more funny bits like that. Regardless, this was a sleeper hit and it's not too hard to see why. Innocent family offering is just pleasant enough to entertain the whole family.
May 9, 2012
hobster1

Super Reviewer

"Gnomeo smashed Tybalt!" I was so tickled by the fact that, despite the rather dark content of the famous story, this film never lets you forget that the characters are garden gnomes. In case you do, there's a terracotta pottery clink that accompanies every high-five or kiss. It's hard to get invested in the gravity of a situation where pottery characters murder each other by smashing someone. I originally wanted to see this for Jason Statham, who was a stroke of casting genius as a voice actor. Actually, everyone is good in this, and I for one am more than willing to forgive the huge liberties that the story takes. The departures from the text are many and massive, including the tragic end. I guess that tragedies and children's film don't really go together.
April 25, 2012
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

The funniest joke of the entire film is probably the witty title. Which i'm sure was the whole reason the movie got made. Because some executive went "hey I have an idea how about we do romeo and juliet but change it to Gnomeo....!"
January 4, 2012
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    1. Benny: A cheat! A cheat! That's what you are!
    2. Red Goon Gnomes: A cheat! A cheat! That's what you are!
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    1. Nanette: Ooh, you look like a fun guy.
    – Submitted by Nik Y (13 months ago)
    1. Gnomeo: Nice greenhouse eh?
    2. Juliet: Oh yeah! You should see it from here.
    3. Gnomeo: Oh haha and miss this view?
    – Submitted by Nik Y (13 months ago)
    1. Gnomeo: Let's go kick some grass!
    – Submitted by aaron c (22 months ago)
    1. Gnomeo: Let's go kick some grass.
    – Submitted by Christine C (22 months ago)
    1. Lady Bluebury: You just crossed the line...the finish line!
    – Submitted by Christine C (22 months ago)
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