Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

Movie Info

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 Filmsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and sexual content, and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Simon Beaufoy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2012
Box Office: $4.7M
CBS Films - Official Site


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
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...
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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News & Interviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Critic Reviews for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (35)

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… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

... 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… | April 21, 2013

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… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

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… | September 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… | July 4, 2012
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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

Super Reviewer

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

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


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

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Quotes

Dr. Alfred Jones: Up his arse with a meter ruler!
– Submitted by Christian B (3 years ago)
Dr. Alfred Jones: I'm more of a facts and figures man.
– Submitted by Christian B (3 years ago)
Dr. Alfred Jones: For future reference, I have a 32 inch waist line, Ms. Chetwode-Talbot. Not a 34. No pies for me.
– Submitted by Christian B (3 years ago)
Sheikh Muhammed: Faith, Dr. Alfred?
Dr. Alfred Jones: Damn it. Yes, alright then, faith!
– Submitted by Christian B (3 years ago)

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