To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
Is there any genre more wearying than the plodding, fat- brained adaptation of last year's book club favourite?
| Original Score: 1/5
The stars are endearing enough to keep things tolerable, though you may wonder why even McGregor's Scots brogue sounds artificially sweetened here.
| Original Score: 2/5
These are scrunched script pages from Armando Iannucci's waste bin.
Unfortunately, these characters belong to different worlds that don't meld, cartoonish political satire and dopey romcom.
I had no issues with the charming Emily Blunt but I found Ewan McGregor's character too nerdish and boring.
The movie never quite commits to one tone, instead half-heartedly trying out wacky comedy, sweet romance and inspirational drama.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Talented actors are swimming upstream in clunky melodrama.
Too light for its own good.
This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
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...
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.
Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.
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.
| Original Score: C-
Salmon Fishing elicits a little bit of goodwill in the midst of so much empty filmmaking.
It's hard to see the fish for the froth in Lasse Hallstrom's twee adaptation of Paul Torday's novel.
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4