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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 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
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

I had no issues with the charming Emily Blunt but I found Ewan McGregor's character too nerdish and boring.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C+

April 4, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The movie never quite commits to one tone, instead half-heartedly trying out wacky comedy, sweet romance and inspirational drama.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 30, 2012
Don Groves

Talented actors are swimming upstream in clunky melodrama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 2, 2012
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

Too light for its own good.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 2012
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor make an appealing duo in this offbeat romantic comedy which unfortunately changes midstream into something darker and far less engaging.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 7, 2012
Edward Douglas

Trying to get audiences to root for whether fish will swim upstream is often an easier task than getting them to care about whether the two leads will hook up.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

September 18, 2011
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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The withering political pungency, the commentary on terrorism and the searing critique of nationalism and patriotism that made the book a best-seller in the U.K. are replaced by a comforting surface sheen and a lot of unconvincing nonsense...

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

While its performances are entertaining and premise is engaging, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen doesn't pack enough punch in its political satire or depth in its love story to sustain itself.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 6, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 9, 2012
Brian Orndorf

A terribly disappointing, habitually mediocre feature, dissolving the potential insanity of the premise to make googly eyes with two characters who shouldn't be sent down the tunnel of love.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

March 23, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Salmon Fishing elicits a little bit of goodwill in the midst of so much empty filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 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
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
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
May 1, 2012
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