Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist
August 15, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
... 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Melin
September 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
July 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 | Original Score: 7/10
Rebecca Barry
May 17, 2012
...thanks to Simon Beaufoy's fantastically witty script, Salmon Fishing is a fun and often unpredictable ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 1, 2012
Guts most of the edgy features of the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
April 25, 2012
A bizarre and original comedy which offsets its narrative flaws with prevailing chemistry between Blunt and McGregor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
April 25, 2012
These are scrunched script pages from Armando Iannucci's waste bin.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
April 25, 2012
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.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 22, 2012
A lame, sentimental enterprise.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Sexton
This is London
April 20, 2012
Unfortunately, these characters belong to different worlds that don't meld, cartoonish political satire and dopey romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 20, 2012
Blunt and McGregor act beautifully and their tale is charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 20, 2012
Lasse Hallstrom's beautifully-shot but at times cloyingly sentimental rom-com.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 20, 2012
It's hard to see the fish for the froth in Lasse Hallstrom's twee adaptation of Paul Torday's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 20, 2012
Is there any genre more wearying than the plodding, fat- brained adaptation of last year's book club favourite?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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