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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 20, 2012
Is there any genre more wearying than the plodding, fat- brained adaptation of last year's book club favourite?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
April 25, 2012
These are scrunched script pages from Armando Iannucci's waste bin.
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
April 20, 2012
Unfortunately, these characters belong to different worlds that don't meld, cartoonish political satire and dopey romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 4, 2012
I had no issues with the charming Emily Blunt but I found Ewan McGregor's character too nerdish and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 30, 2012
The movie never quite commits to one tone, instead half-heartedly trying out wacky comedy, sweet romance and inspirational drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Don Groves
April 2, 2012
Talented actors are swimming upstream in clunky melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
Too light for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
March 7, 2012
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.
Edward Douglas
September 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
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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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
April 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Brian Orndorf
March 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2012
Salmon Fishing elicits a little bit of goodwill in the midst of so much empty filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
April 20, 2012
It's hard to see the fish for the froth in Lasse Hallstrom's twee adaptation of Paul Torday's novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Melin
September 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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