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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 93 | Rotten: 46

Quirky and a little reserved, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is nonetheless a charming little romantic drama sold by some strong central performances.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 14

Quirky and a little reserved, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is nonetheless a charming little romantic drama sold by some strong central performances.



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When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the


Drama, Comedy

Simon Beaufoy

Jul 17, 2012


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All Critics (139) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (46) | DVD (1)

The stars are endearing enough to keep things tolerable, though you may wonder why even McGregor's Scots brogue sounds artificially sweetened here.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Hallstrom shores up his film with a terrific cast that can often make up for the parts that sag under the uneven weight of preciousness.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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It's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Only Scott Thomas, biting off all her sentences like a piranha, rescues "Salmon Fishing" from being a by-the-numbers romantic comedy; you wish the redoubtable Ms. Maxwell had her own movie.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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While "Salmon Fishing" fritters away the comic momentum of its madcap opening chapters, it's like angling -- a pleasant diversion if you can look below the surface and muster the patience to appreciate it.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A charming little movie.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comment (1)
Arizona Republic
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It's an affable, inoffensive British comedy that just wants you to like it so much that you can't help but snicker behind its back.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

... just because something seems absurd doesn't mean it can't happen. And just because a film seems to lack surprises doesn't mean it won't take an entirely satisfying turn at the end.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

As it stands, the best elements of the film become mired in the unwelcome narrative muck, branding Salmon Fishing in the Yemen the one that got away.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Everything that happens is horribly predictable, and the tone varies from light and fluffy to over-the-top camp, especially with Kristin Scott Thomas as the cynical British press secretary.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

Faith, serenity, dreams, possibilities, duty and honor, love . . . and fishing. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" somehow ties them all together, and without so much as a kink in the line.

July 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

...thanks to Simon Beaufoy's fantastically witty script, Salmon Fishing is a fun and often unpredictable ride.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

Guts most of the edgy features of the novel.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Apart from some glaring orientalist, sweeping generalisations and characterisations of Yemeni and Arabic people was a cute and painfully predictable British comedy featuring a measured accomplished performance from Ewan McGregor.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

A bizarre and original comedy which offsets its narrative flaws with prevailing chemistry between Blunt and McGregor.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

These are scrunched script pages from Armando Iannucci's waste bin.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

See! This is how you do romantic comedy!... You make it funny by putting real people in a situation that's a just tad fantastical and watch them cope with it.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A lame, sentimental enterprise.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Co-star Tom Mison's ( ... ) character is so thinly sketched, so invisible for the most part - physically and emotionally - that he'll probably wonder in years to come if that's him on screen or his stand in.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Unfortunately, these characters belong to different worlds that don't meld, cartoonish political satire and dopey romcom.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Blunt and McGregor act beautifully and their tale is charming.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Lasse Hallstrom's beautifully-shot but at times cloyingly sentimental rom-com.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

Attractive, picture postcard cinematography from Terry Stacey adds to the appeal of a film that is easy on the eye and pleasantly undemanding in every other respect.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's hard to see the fish for the froth in Lasse Hallstrom's twee adaptation of Paul Torday's novel.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Is there any genre more wearying than the plodding, fat- brained adaptation of last year's book club favourite?

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times | Comment (1)
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Unusual story about two people are put together because of an ambitious project of fly fishing in the desert. Good cast.
July 11, 2013
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a lovely story with likable performances. I liked the pace, nothing was rushed and the relationships were believable as were the characters. I think some elements were a little heavy handed, Kristin Scott Thomas's performance and character could have been toned down a little but on the whole it worked well. Still, even with the few tweaks, it was never going to be an amazing film, not that there is anything wrong with that, it is simply a nice film and you can't knock a nice film.
June 6, 2013

Super Reviewer

Really nice movie! Enjoyable. Sweet. Funny. Good acting from a notable British cast. Although I am not so sure about the plausibility of their venture, I really enjoyed their interactions. Kristin Scott Thomas's role was hilarious! I also appreciated the courtesy that each player showed for the others' culture. It was sweet, sensitive, and promoted the "against all odds" idea. Nicely done!
April 22, 2013

Super Reviewer

I got a copy of this earlier in the year and didn't watch it because it looked boring and didn't want to make the time. Then the Golden Globe nominations came out and this is up for a lot of Comedy awards, so I figured I would go back and give it a chance. Since it is up for comedy awards, I assumed it would be hilarious, but it is not. This is a romantic drama through and through with an uplifting story about faith. How anyone thinks this is one of the best five comedies of the year, I'll never know. Ewan McGregor plays a fish expert who helps a consultant(Emily Blunt) realize a sheikh's(Amr Waked) dream of bringing fly fishing to the desert. He thinks it is impossible, but finds ways to make it possible while falling for Blunt. It's not a bad movie at all, kind of bland, but it's not bad. McGregor is one of the most underrated actors today and here he does a great job. Blunt is ok, and their chemistry probably could have been better, but it's better than most. If there is one reason to call this a comedy it's because of Kristen Scott Thomas's press secretary. She has some great lines and is the reason for the 2 times I laughed during the movie. If anyone should get any nominations for comedy in this it's her(she got nothing, btw). A lot of people I know will probably never think twice about watching this, but if your ever bored and just wanna watch a "feel good movie", pop this in. Might surprise you.
January 4, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Dr. Alfred Jones: Up his arse with a meter ruler!
    – Submitted by Christian B (23 months ago)
    1. Dr. Alfred Jones: I'm more of a facts and figures man.
    – Submitted by Christian B (23 months ago)
    1. Dr. Alfred Jones: For future reference, I have a 32 inch waist line, Ms. Chetwode-Talbot. Not a 34. No pies for me.
    – Submitted by Christian B (23 months ago)
    1. Sheikh Muhammed: Faith, Dr. Alfred?
    2. Dr. Alfred Jones: Damn it. Yes, alright then, faith!
    – Submitted by Christian B (23 months ago)
    1. Dr. Alfred Jones: Oh no, the Ministry of Defence don't like uncertainty, so if someone was dead, they'd just say dead.
    2. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot: Can you stop using that word?
    3. Dr. Alfred Jones: Sorry.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (23 months ago)
    1. Dr. Alfred Jones: I don't know anyone who goes to church anymore.
    2. Harriet Chetwode-Talbot: Hmm, I don't think I do either.
    3. Dr. Alfred Jones: On Sunday, we go to Target.
    – Submitted by Abi M (2 years ago)
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