Box art for Gnomeo and Juliet

Gnomeo and Juliet

  • Rated G

anime & animation, children & family


From the director of Shrek 2 comes your chance to step into the secret world of garden gnomes - Gnomeo & Juliet.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Audience Reviews

3 stars

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.

- YosemiteSamFan, Thursday, June 21, 2012

3 stars

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.

- YosemiteSamFan, Thursday, June 21, 2012

3 stars

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.

- hobster1, Wednesday, May 9, 2012