Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Synopsis
A scientist (Ewan McGregor) and a sheikh (Amr Waked) endeavor to bring sport fishing to Yemen.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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By Michelle Orange
When the recessive style works with the characters and the kooky international-incident story, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has an...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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It's a Hit!

By Optimism
The Sunday matinee we attended was near-full, even tho SALMON FISHING was also being shown at the same time in a second theater across the lobby. A HIT! Why? Because it's adorable: literate and...

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By meckstut
A so-so Friday night film with an attractive cast and a simple, predictable formulaic story line that you have seen many times before -- even the "Dr. Jones" references bring back you know who.. I...

Loved it better than the book

By 36003657
I loved the book and was delighted to learn that a movie was made of it. I could hardly wait to have it come my town and scanned theaters in nearby towns to see if they already show it. Well, it...

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By leprechaunjoe
A wonderfully inspiring movie about an Arab Sheik, who is a man of vision & the push-back he experiences by some of his countrymen. Also a film of romance & loss & loving again, by two Americans who...

Really enjoyed the performances

By trixiesutton
What a creative idea for a movie. It was a bit of a fantasy but the characters lift it into something really special. My husband and i enjoyed it thoroughly and had the nicest romantic dinner...

Liked this movie alot

By nancyfurm
This movie was a pleasant surprise. I found it a sweet love story. I enjoyed all of the characters and thought the writing was really good. I would definitely recommend it....

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By anothera
This was a very enjoyable film. Even though the premise was implausible the story was believable due to top rate acting and dialog. The plot moved along with surprising ease with subtle and...

My fiancee' and I loved it!

By bodymodel1
It was a bit story driven but all in all, it was nicely done. A different kinda twist on a love story. I love how how a crazy-titled movie comes together so well. The actors were all wonderful! I...

Great movie

By Zbmwm5
I thought this film was fantastic. Great cinematography, great messages, and very well done storyline. Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor were great.... definitely worth a go!...

Great love story

By moviemarathoners
We were looking forward to seeing it from the previews this winter. We enjoyed it but it was unfortunate that we were two of the three people in the theater. However, it was a Wednesday...

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Rated PG-13 | For Brief Language, Some Violence and Sexual Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Quirky romance mixes politics, charm; fine for teens.
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