Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)



Critic Consensus: Quirky and a little reserved, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is nonetheless a charming little romantic drama sold by some strong central performances.

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When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. -- (C) CBS Films
PG-13 (for some violence and sexual content, and brief language)
Comedy , Drama
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Ewan McGregor
as Dr. Alfred Jones
Emily Blunt
as Harriet
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Patricia Maxwell
Amr Waked
as Sheikh Muhammed
Tom Mison
as Capt. Robert Mayers
Rachael Stirling
as Mary Jones
Conleth Hill
as Bernard Sugden
Tom Beard
as Peter Maxwell
Jill Baker
as Betty
Alex Taylor-McDowall
as Edward Maxwell
Matilda White
as Abby Maxwell
Otto Farrant
as Joshua Maxell
Hamish Gray
as Malcolm
Clive Wood
as Tom Price-Williams
Peter Wight
as Tory Grandee - Angus Butler
Hugh Simon
as Brian Fleet
James Cutting
as Journalist
Colin Kilkelly
as Journalist
Nayef Rashed
as Rebel Leader
Steven Blake
as Cabinet Member
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Critic Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (35)

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… | April 17, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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… | March 29, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

March 22, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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… | March 22, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

A charming little movie.

Full Review… | March 22, 2012
Arizona Republic
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Audience Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


You may be turned off by the film's long and artless title, but after taking in this exquisitely restrained romance between man and woman, man and nature, the known and the unknown, you'd be hard pressed to find a title as earnest and true as the film itself.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Yet another feel-good movie, Scott-Thomas should have featured in it more as she was hilarious.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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Unusual story about two people are put together because of an ambitious project of fly fishing in the desert. Good cast.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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