I’m excited for the release of Gnomeo and Juliet today! It seems rare these days to have a G-rated film and those are the only ones I feel comfortable taking my youngest children to without having seen the movie beforehand. But, what do the critics have to say about Gnomeo and Juliet?
See the Gnomeo and Juliet Review round-up:
Moviefone: “Ultimately, however, this film fails on the merits of its concept more than anything else. It’s not incongruities like pop-gay references or procreative habits that make it a failure; comparatively speaking, there’s nothing wrong with any of that. It’s that there’s so much wrong with everything else in ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ that its ostensibly important message of tolerance doesn’t seem particularly smart or subversive; and it’s still the only part of the whole movie that actually works.”
The New York Times: “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. The source material, after all, is a romantic tragedy. Fiddling with the ending to make it a brighter family-friendly lark has its cost. Even Shakespeare is not pleased at the prospect of changing the ending. Although a statue of him (voiced by Patrick Stewart) warns against it, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” turns tragedy into whimsy.”
The Wall Street Journal: “Disney’s latest release is just an entertainment, an animated doodad in the grand scheme of things. That’s not a bad thing, though, because this lively little film, a comic take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, is really entertaining.”
Entertainment Weekly: “Gnomeo & Juliet is sweet and mildly touching, its feelings hinging mostly on a score of Elton John songs. (John is the film’s executive producer.) Every movie about cuddly dwarf statues in an English garden should have music this big. B–”
For an in-depth look at Gnomeo and Juliet, see Famecrawler’s Sunny’s Gnomeo and Juliet review.