Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: March 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Guy Lodge
Time Out

The stars are endearing enough to keep things tolerable, though you may wonder why even McGregor's Scots brogue sounds artificially sweetened here.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

More than a love story or an awakening, Hallström has given us something of beauty, depth and dimension beyond the human stories he tells.

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

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.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

Hallström's made a wonderful film about the power of faith. Flyfishing in a manufactured trout stream in the middle of the desert is a faith-based activity, declares the sheik who built it.

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A charming little movie.

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
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,… More
Cynthia S.
Really nice movie! Enjoyable. Sweet. Funny. Good acting from a notable British cast. Although I am not so sure about the plausibility of their venture, I really… More
Film Crazy
Yet another feel-good movie, Scott-Thomas should have featured in it more as she was hilarious.
Everett Johnson
I got a copy of this earlier in the year and didn't watch it because it looked boring and didn't want to make the time. Then the Golden Globe… More
Candy Rose
Unusual story about two people are put together because of an ambitious project of fly fishing in the desert. Good cast.
Louis Rogers
Watery, messy, mixed up and bitty "romantic" "comedy" without enough clear links. Occasionally funny and engaging but far more frequently… More