80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The crisply sweet banter and the halting intimacy that grows between two shy people with a common goal more than makes up for a wildly implausible plot.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If all this sounds like too much whimsy to bear, be forwarned. There is whimsy everywhere.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The film's emotional complexities don't allow for much of the canned sentiment that normally gets dished out in romantic dramas; what emerges instead, over several reels, is endearingly tender and complicated.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is a rich subject for satire and sticking it to political bureaucracy. Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours) has mined Paul Torday's book for delicious nuggets about Western capitalism at war with Muslim culture.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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.
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
The side story about Muslim extremists is a little ham-handed for a film that otherwise exercises such restraint.
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
When the recessive style works with the characters and the kooky international-incident story, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has an absorbing, old-fashioned sweetness.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's all been called Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, just like Paul Torday's 2007 novel, and, except for some despicable behavior in the later going, it couldn't be more harmless.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

The movie has a hard time wrapping up its love story without feeling forced, however game the cast. Viewers won't be able to say they weren't given what they came for, but they might feel unsatisfied all the same.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The cast gives it all a good go, and pip-pip and all that for noticeable intelligence and a bit of the old British satire. Yet Salmon Fishing takes patience and rewards with no bite.
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58 out of 100
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