'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   138 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    67
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    The weakest part of this film is the ferocious government PR chief, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, with much lip-pursing and eye-rolling, but nothing funny or believable in the script for her to say.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Proudly, it has no conviction to offer, just the comforts of its genericness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Holcomb Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Mostly sacrifices the political satire and epistolary structure of Paul Torday's source novel in favor of cute, if strained, rom-com shenanigans.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    88
    Somehow, this cast, this director and this writer make it all come off, as unlikely a delight as the very fishy story it is built on.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    60
    [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 » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    63
    This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Hallstrom, the old softie, can't resist turning this into an inspirational tale, a freshwater Field of Dreams.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    It is what it is, and if you find McGregor and Blunt appealing, the movie will have you feeling similarly about it.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    A charming little movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    It's a spirited, eloquent film-delightfully offbeat, deliciously different and well worth investigating.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    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?
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Trust me: These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Greg Quill Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Call me a sentimentalist, but I enjoyed myself - even during the scenes when there was a lot of talk about fish.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • John DeFore Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Fly fishing is offered as a path to peace in rom-com whose ample charms are threatened by unnecessary buzz-kills.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    75
    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 » 3 years ago
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