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Gnomeo & Juliet Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

No thanks, gnomes. Read full review

1.5

Grae Drake Profile

Oh script, wherefore art thou? Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    53

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A ceramic gnome by any other name is still a kitschy little figure.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    The movie comes up short on inspiration despite a stellar voice cast that includes James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and a toe-tapping songbook by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Every movie about cuddly dwarf statues in an English garden should have music this big.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This lively little film, a comic take on Shakespeare's tragedy, is really entertaining.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Creative, much less tragic take on classic love story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Shakespeare-inspired animated comedy features some of the same overall themes as Romeo and Juliet, minus most of the bloodshed and the tragic ending. Although there's still serious enmity between the Montague and the Capulet gnomes, the violence isn't as prominent. A couple of gnomes do get smashed (or maimed), but most of the destruction is to the gardens themselves. Language is limited to insults and slang like "shut up," "codger," and "daft." Mature tweens who enjoy the story may be ready for the real play or more serious Shakespeare adaptations.

  • Families can talk about what makes Romeo and Juliet such a timeless story. What's so fascinating about "doomed love"? What are some other movies loosely based on Romeo and Juliet?
  • Why couldn't the blue and red gnomes get along? Did the gnomes have understandable reasons for wanting to get back at each other? How else could they have solved their problems?
  • The William Shakespeare statue jokes that the original story doesn't end well; how did the filmmakers modify the ending here? Do you think it's OK to change a classic story? In this version, what motivates the two sides to come together?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids will get an early lesson in Shakespearean drama.

  • message true2

    Messages: When the gnomes really start to think about it, they realize that there's no reason for them to hate each other simply because they're a different color and live in the next garden. Gnomeo and Juliet prove that love is "color blind." The ending celebrates peace and unity.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Juliet in particular isn't willing to allow her family's overprotectiveness and closed-mindedness to keep her from exploring her surroundings or from acting courageously. Gnomeo pursues Juliet, even after he realizes she's a "red."

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: The red and blue garden gnomes have an ongoing rivalry, as do the neighboring houseowners, who constantly bicker and insult each other. In one scene, a gnome purposely breaks off another gnome's hat. In retaliation, the wronged gnome's friends drive the offending gnome against a wall, and he shatters to pieces. A gnome looks like he's been crushed by a truck. A dog chases and tries to bury a gnome. The gnomes fight each other in a climactic battle involving lawn mowers and other garden-wielded weapons.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Gnomeo and Juliet flirt, hold hands, and kiss briefly.

  • language false1

    Language: Some mild insults and British slang like "shut up," "blasted," "daft," "codger," "old cabbage," and "loser." One use of "damn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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