Gnomeo and Juliet
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The greatest love story ever told, 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 thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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""Toy Story" goes Shakespearean in this animated retelling of the tale of the star-crossed lovers of Verona."
‑ Ken Marks, New Yorker
"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,
"Sophomoric humor and a lack of substance make Gnomeo and Juliet a rather forgettable flick."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"... 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,
"A plethora of talented voices and some silly Shakespearean references make this cartoon a winner."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"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
"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?"
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"A daft and mostly deft low-budget animated "Romeo & Juliet""
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"One of the most charming and kid-friendly animated offerings in quite a while."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
"For a movie about inanimate objects, Gnomeo & Juliet is quite animated."
‑ Roger Tennis,
"Uneven is the course, as the Bard might say, but the ride is plenty of fun."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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
"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
"Gnome matter what, I try not to pre-judge."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"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
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