Shakespeare with lawn ornaments turns out to be an unexpectedly winning proposition...
—Justin Chang Variety
...this gently amusing, genuinely sweet animated film makes you smile from start to finish...
—Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
For adults, Gnomeo & Juliet lacks wit, but the gnomes, artfully chipped and scratched, have a nifty 3-D tactility, and the title duo makes for an off-kilter pair of romantic action figures.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
There's little harm in this blah retelling, but there's no justifying the film's pathetic boasting, either.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club
...like watching an over-extended sketch. The first few minutes make you laugh. The next bring a slight smile. The rest of the time you are silent, the joke and the accompanying freshness having long gone stale.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
...a delightfully silly animated flick...
—Lou Lumenick New York Post
Despite the novel approach to Shakespeare's oft-told tale of doomed love, this 3D animated garden gnome variation never fully comes to life, even with its stellar voice cast and played out against the toe-tapping backdrop of the Elton John-Bernie Taupin songbook.
—Michael Rechstshaffen Hollywood Reporter
...looks like an assembly line of parts from better film ... yet the film manages to create a unique mixture of whimsy, heartache, and tenderness that transcends its familiar structure.
—Glenn Heath Jr. Slant Magazine
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
Rewatching The Lion King is a much better idea than wasting time in this animated gnome-man's land.
—Claudia Puig USA Today