Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and sexual content, and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Beaufoy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2012
Box Office: $9.0M
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as Dr. Alfred Jones

as Harriet

as Patricia Maxwell

as Sheikh Muhammed

as Capt. Robert Mayers

as Mary Jones

as Bernard Sugden

as Peter Maxwell

as Edward Maxwell

as Abby Maxwell

as Joshua Maxell

as Malcolm

as Tom Price-Williams

as Tory Grandee - Angus...

as Brian Fleet

as Journalist

as Journalist

as Rebel Leader

as Cabinet Member
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Critic Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (35)

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

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

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
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.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

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.

Full Review… | July 4, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Yet another feel-good movie, Scott-Thomas should have featured in it more as she was hilarious.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Unusual story about two people are put together because of an ambitious project of fly fishing in the desert. Good cast.

Candy Rose

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!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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