Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


Genre :

Romance, Comedy

Release Date :

March 09, 2012 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Lasse Hallstrom

Starring :

Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rachael Stirling, Catherine Steadman, Tom Mison, Pippa Andre, Amr Waked, Tom Beard, Clive Wood, Matilda White, Hamish Gray, Alex Taylor-McDowall

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“..you can pretty much guess the rest..”
by Ella Taylor [NPR]
Review rate : B

“..you can have a reasonably nice time at Salmon Fishing in the Yemen if you accept that it's the tidiest movie imaginable to ever say that falling in love is like swimming upstream..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 5

“..will play very, very well for parents and older audience members..”
by James Rocchi [MSN Movies]
“..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..”
by Edward Douglas [ComingSoon.net]
3 of 5

“..the movie is burdened with a perfunctory subplot in which the sheik becomes the target of an assassination plot by Islamic extremists..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]
“..the movie has a hard time wrapping up its love story without feeling forced, however game the cast..”
by John DeFore [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the first section of the film deploys chipper barbs at the expense of career bureaucrats, which is funny and effective..”
by Mark Holcomb [Village Voice]
3 of 5

“..the film's emotional complexities don't allow for much of the canned sentiment that normally gets dished out in romantic dramas..”
by Amy Biancolli [San Francisco Chronicle]
3 of 4

“..some beautifully photographed establishing shots, and an ending that is satisfying in an old-fashioned kind of way..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..no wonder the invasively upbeat scoreand the obviously reshot ending, which would have played either outrageously comedic or profoundly tragic in its original form, but instead just brings our attention back to the fish..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..it's hard not to feel there is hope for romance, the possibility of peace and even a little patience for politics..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
“..it's a spirited, eloquent film-delightfully offbeat, deliciously different and well worth investigating..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
2.5 of 4

“..dumbed-down romp may allude obliquely to current events, but it's strictly old-world in style..”
by Greg Quill [Toronto Star]
2.5 of 4

“..boasts an easygoing narrative that's been peppered with cute bits of humor and romcom shenanigan..”
by David Nusair [Reel Film Reviews]
2 of 5

“..a mushy combination of dreamy travelogue..”
by David Fear [Time Out New York]
“..a missed opportunity, a promising replica of the golden era of screen comedy that becomes mired in increasingly unwelcome narrative muck..”
by Kevin Lally [Film Journal International]

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