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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C+

August 15, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C+

June 2, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

... 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 Source: Las Vegas CityLife | Original Score: 3/5

April 21, 2013
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

September 15, 2012
Eric Melin

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 Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 4, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

July 4, 2012
Rebecca Barry

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2012
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Guts most of the edgy features of the novel.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

May 1, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 26, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

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

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

April 25, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

April 25, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A lame, sentimental enterprise.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 22, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

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

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2012
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

Blunt and McGregor act beautifully and their tale is charming.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2012
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

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

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

April 20, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 1/5

April 20, 2012
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