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  • Awesome Music: Mary J. Blige's song "Stronger Than I Ever Was" can come off as very catchy, while the entire film is sub-par. It even won the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Song in an Animated Film!
  • Anvilicious: The film's message of not putting work before loved ones is so unsubtle that two separate scenes are entirely dedicated to Juliet spelling it out. In particular, the interactions between Sherlock and Watson are so heavy-handed with this that Watson presumably pulling a Face–Heel Turn is nearly impossible to be surprised by.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Irene breaking out into a song when the rest of the film is not a musical is quite jarring, and the sequence is not brought up again afterwards.
  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Most of his scenes strongly telegraph to the audience that Watson is the one behind the mysteries. Moriarty's prominent presence in the prologue as well as detailed flashbacks also make it no surprise that he's Not Quite Dead.
  • Cliché Storm: Other than the characters being living inanimate objects, the film does nothing new or different from any other cookie-cutter mystery/adventure film.
  • Critical Dissonance: Despite having a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, many critics do admit that the film is So Okay, It's Average at best and So Bad, It's Good at worst.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Moriarty, despite not having much screen time in the film, has become this, with many people saying he is one of the best parts of the film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • This film retroactively makes Chiwetel Ejiofor the third Watson, after Jude Law and Martin Freeman, to join the MCU. For bonus points he made his debut in the MCU starring opposite another actor who played Sherlock whom he also turned against.
    • When you pay attention to Juliet jumping off the emporium rooftop with a Chinese lantern and when Paris calls Nanette "Meryl Streep" at one point, this could allude to Emily Blunt's following role nine months later and it would include Meryl Streep herself in a minor role in it.
    • A Tumblr post had a user figure out what Moriarty’s Pies are made out of based on the name of the flavor being “Goobarb”, and they figure out it might be a combination of gooseberries and rhubarb. Two years later, this was later confirmed on Instagram by Gary Dunn to be true.
    • In the movie, Tower Bridge gets stopped by the people working the bridge for a while due to the gnomes trying to save their friends and family. Two years later, Tower Bridge’s gates would be stuck for an hour due to technical problems, with some people on social media comparing it to the movie.
    • The film briefly teases Watson pulling a Face–Heel Turn before revealing that Moriarty is once again the true mastermind. Chiwetel Ejiofor would later get the chance to play a real Big Bad in another animated film featuring Elton John’s music.
  • Ho Yay: As usual, Watson and Sherlock. While downplayed compared to other contemporary adaptations of the source material, the implications are still quite blatant. In particular, Watson’s Motive Rant during his initial Face–Heel Turn almost sounds like a neglected lover complaining about being unappreciated, which is further emphasised by Gnomeo and Juliet (who actually are a couple) having the same conflict.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Moriarty crosses it with his plan to destroy every gnome in London.
  • Padding: In pursuit of a clue, Sherlock and Julie need to visit his ex-fiancée, Irene. This minor subplot, which includes Irene singing a musical number, adds very little to the film and seems to only exist so that Mary J. Blige can contribute to the soundtrack.
  • Sequelitis: The first film was considered So Okay, It's Average at best. This film, on the other hand, has been seen as worse in pretty much every aspect.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Benny and Nanette’s relationship. The first film did not establish an attraction between them nor did they even interact at all, mainly due to the fact that they had separate romantic subplots with different partners note .
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Watson committing a Face–Heel Turn is completely untouched territory for mainstream Holmes-related works, but this unique plot twist is immediately undone with the reveal that Moriarty is once again behind everything, and Watson is instantly back on Sherlock's side.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Jamie Demetriou seems to actually be giving his all when voicing Moriarty.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?:
    • The marketing campaign had lots of posters of the characters spoofing posters of other recent movies, including Deadpool, The Greatest Showman, Wonder Woman, and more. Bizarrely, this includes numerous films which are either unsuitable for this film's young target audience, or that they would have no interest in watching anyway.
    • The movie has characters being kidnapped, characters seeming to die, and an antagonist who wants to commit genocide on all the gnomes in London.