“Love Stories Are Not The Best Kids Fodder”
“Falls Too Short To Be Anything More Than Just A Broken Gnome.”
“Despite Featuring Somewhat Creepy Looking Characters, The Movie Is Sweet, Charming And Entertaining For Kids. The Classic Story Is One That Adults Will Enjoy Following, While Elton John's Equally Classical Music Is A Great Addition To The Film.”
Every movie about cuddly dwarf statues in an English garden should have music this big.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
If the movie, which starts out shakily, improves in the second half, it is a discombobulated grab bag of jokes peopled with characters who have little emotional resonance.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
A lot of thought, love and (on the part of the animators) hard work has gone into this picture...
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
It's a little bit funny. Not much more than a bit, but enough to make this a cheerful, likable children's picture with a big heart.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Much of the play's dialogue is updated. Jokes fall flat. And a ceramic gnome by any other name is still a kitschy little figure.
- USA Today
Creator Kelly Asbury has discovered imaginative ways to freshen up the timeless material and introduce it to the next generation.
Sean O'Connell - Washington Post
As enjoyable as non-Pixar kiddie flicks get, a high-spirited, high-end comic revamp of Big Bill's eternal tragedy.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
This lively little film, a comic take on Shakespeare's tragedy, is really entertaining.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
If only the 3-D hadn't been wasted on the claustrophobic trappings of a backyard feud.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
...this primary-colored parable about feuding lawn-ornament clans is easy on the eyes and good for some laffs. Ducking tragedy, [it] still dives into some surprisingly dark waters.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
"Toy Story" goes Shakespearean in this animated retelling of the tale of the star-crossed lovers of Verona.
Ken Marks - New Yorker
What makes the film most endearing is its unabashed eccentricity.
Nell Minow - Chicago Sun-Times
It's a sorry spectacle, watching garden gnomes being robbed of their dignity.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Gnomeo & Juliet" isn't a great movie but it's fun. Can't wait to see what they do with "Turtles Andronicus."
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Shakespeare with lawn ornaments turns out to be an unexpectedly winning proposition in Gnomeo & Juliet.
Justin Chang - Variety
[A] delightfully silly animated flick, which doesn't wear out its welcome.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
If it's not an unerringly faithful adaptation of Shakespeare's play, it still manages enough wit and charm to come off.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
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.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Given the size of the writing staff, it's no surprise the script feels like a committee job, overstocked with a high ratio of groan-to-grin quips.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Despite the novel approach to Shakespeare's oft-told tale of doomed love, this 3D animated garden gnome variation never fully comes to life.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
What is there to say about a movie that beats its eccentric premise to the ground in the first scene, and doesn't stop?
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Defiantly derivative and groaning from joke overload, this Disney pickup takes more than half its running time to find a distinctive tone, a reason for being.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Playful, inventive and endearing, this 84-minute epic is smart enough not to overstay its welcome as it steers clear of the fatuous and the formulaic.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
A daft and mostly deft low-budget animated "Romeo & Juliet"
Roger Moore - 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]
Peter Canavese - 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.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
a droll and painless introduction for the little ones to both Shakespeare and Elton John, though only Shakespeare has a speaking role
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
One of the most charming and kid-friendly animated offerings in quite a while.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Gnome matter what, I try not to pre-judge.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
A plethora of talented voices and some silly Shakespearean references make this cartoon a winner.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
For a movie about inanimate objects, Gnomeo & Juliet is quite animated.
Roger Tennis - 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."
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
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?
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Uneven is the course, as the Bard might say, but the ride is plenty of fun.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
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.
Carolyn Arends - 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.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
Shakespeare is hovering, rolling, and leaping in his grave, folks...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - 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.
Alice Tynan - Concrete Playground
Rest assured the ending here is very 21st century: cheap, predictable, and witless.
Peter Galvin - sbs.com.au
Gnomeo & Juliet was not a good idea to begin with.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Discounting William Shakespeare and the two guys who wrote an earlier screenplay it took seven writers to come up with the script for this.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
What would have saved it, if it had been saved, is the design and animation.
Tim Brayton - 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.
Matt Neal - The Standard
The film's adherence to irony becomes tedious, especially with the supporting characters planting more adult references in almost every conversation.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
A fun, disposable animation designed for short attention spans and lovers of garden ornaments.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
A hit, a very palpable hit.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express