Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Reviews

  • [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

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • 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.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • 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.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Proudly, it has no conviction to offer, just the comforts of its genericness.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Mostly sacrifices the political satire and epistolary structure of Paul Torday's source novel in favor of cute, if strained, rom-com shenanigans.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • [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.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Hallstrom, the old softie, can't resist turning this into an inspirational tale, a freshwater Field of Dreams.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It is what it is, and if you find McGregor and Blunt appealing, the movie will have you feeling similarly about it.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's a spirited, eloquent film-delightfully offbeat, deliciously different and well worth investigating.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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?

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Trust me: These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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...

    Greg Quill — Toronto Star

  • Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Call me a sentimentalist, but I enjoyed myself - even during the scenes when there was a lot of talk about fish.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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