Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

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Guy Lodge
Time Out
April 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 29, 2012
Hallstrom shores up his film with a terrific cast that can often make up for the parts that sag under the uneven weight of preciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 23, 2012
It's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 22, 2012
Only Scott Thomas, biting off all her sentences like a piranha, rescues "Salmon Fishing" from being a by-the-numbers romantic comedy; you wish the redoubtable Ms. Maxwell had her own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2012
While "Salmon Fishing" fritters away the comic momentum of its madcap opening chapters, it's like angling -- a pleasant diversion if you can look below the surface and muster the patience to appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 22, 2012
A charming little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 16, 2012
While both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are enormously appealing actors, Hallstrom has made a movie that pretends it is something it's not -- namely, an intelligent romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 15, 2012
Despite sporting the worst cinematic title since The Chumscrubber, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen hooks some charming laughs and a quaint romance by not delving too deeply into its subject matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 9, 2012
I'll say this much for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, it's got a catchy title. But beware of films with catchy titles. The films themselves usually don't live up to them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 9, 2012
Salmon Fishing was a novel first and you can see how all these juggled balls could stay in the air on the page, but in movie form, many of them just seem extraneous.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 9, 2012
Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 9, 2012
Enter forewarned. Or better yet - head upstream and don't be lured in at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 9, 2012
Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 9, 2012
Trust me: These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2012
Makes use of pink-fleshed vertebrates as the inspiration for sweet romantic musings on love and life, faith and patience - and the courage to go against the flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 8, 2012
Somehow managing to be both twee and edgy, the absurdist but gently winning romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen works a strange kind of wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 8, 2012
The appeal of the film depends on the charm of Mr. McGregor and Ms. Blunt, whose polite but discreetly charged connection is the story's emotional center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 8, 2012
In the end Salmon Fishing reassures more than it excites, but all props are due to a commercial movie that helps demolish the stereotype of the Arab as bloodthirsty primitive.
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 8, 2012
It is what it is, and if you find McGregor and Blunt appealing, the movie will have you feeling similarly about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 8, 2012
Proudly, it has no conviction to offer, just the comforts of its genericness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 8, 2012
Hallstrom, the old softie, can't resist turning this into an inspirational tale, a freshwater Field of Dreams.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 8, 2012
McGregor and Blunt have charm to spare and the no-bull instinct to cut to the heart of a scene. In the Dead Sea of Hollywood formula, their film is a distinct delight, brimming over with spirit and surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2012
There's a great romantic comedy in this material, somewhere, which is too bad, because the movie that did get made is decent if a bit bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 8, 2012
Salmon Fishing quickly turns into exactly the sort of wet cardboard box of a movie its title suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2012
This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2012
[Salmon Fishing in the Yemen] takes us back to the sort of achingly civilized love story in which the only thing that really stands in the way of two people falling for each other is their own decorum
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 7, 2012
It's a spirited, eloquent film-delightfully offbeat, deliciously different and well worth investigating.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 6, 2012
Only Kristin Scott Thomas channeling In the Loop's Malcolm Tucker offers a spark; the rest is simply hokum designed to land overly sentimental suckers hook, line and sinker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
March 6, 2012
[It] isn't such a shriveled runt you'd throw it back, but a little more attention in the direction and adaptation could have helped it feel a little more developed and fleshed-out than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
Mostly sacrifices the political satire and epistolary structure of Paul Torday's source novel in favor of cute, if strained, rom-com shenanigans.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 6, 2012
Call me a sentimentalist, but I enjoyed myself - even during the scenes when there was a lot of talk about fish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 5, 2012
With most of the book's major themes gutted, it begs the question: Who wants to see a film about salmon fishing in the Yemen?
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 5, 2012
Fly fishing is offered as a path to peace in rom-com whose ample charms are threatened by unnecessary buzz-kills.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 20, 2011
The film has a grand cast, with Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Scott Thomas and Amr Waked at the center of this very clever tale of modern eco-issues intertwined with old-style political intrigues and New Age romance.