Hallstrom shores up his film with a terrific cast that can often make up for the parts that sag under the uneven weight of preciousness.
-Connie OgleFull Review
Only Scott Thomas, biting off all her sentences like a piranha, rescues "Salmon Fishing" from being a by-the-numbers romantic comedy; you wish the redoubtable Ms. Maxwell had her own movie.
-Moira MacDonaldFull Review
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.
-Roger MooreFull Review
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 CovertFull Review
A charming little movie.
-Bill GoodykoontzFull Review
While both Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor are enormously appealing actors, Hallstrom has made a movie that pretends it is something it's not -- namely, an intelligent romantic comedy.
-John AndersonFull Review
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 BowlesFull Review
I'll say this much for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, it's got a catchy title. But beware of films with catchy titles. The films themselves usually don't live up to them.
-Peter RainerFull Review
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.
-Mary F. PolsFull Review
Hallstrom ... goes for a "Local Hero"-type feeling, but the movie has to swim upstream to get anywhere.
-Joe NeumaierFull Review
Enter forewarned. Or better yet - head upstream and don't be lured in at all.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
Make the leap, and you'll be delighted by a movie that's sugary goodness, a guilty pleasure.
-Rick GroenFull Review
Trust me: These are characters with whom it's a pleasure to spend a couple of hours.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
Makes use of pink-fleshed vertebrates as the inspiration for sweet romantic musings on love and life, faith and patience - and the courage to go against the flow.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
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 HornadayFull Review
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 HoldenFull Review
In the end Salmon Fishing reassures more than it excites, but all props are due to a commercial movie that helps demolish the stereotype of the Arab as bloodthirsty primitive.
-Ella TaylorFull Review
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 QuillFull Review
It is what it is, and if you find McGregor and Blunt appealing, the movie will have you feeling similarly about it.
-Steven ReaFull Review
Proudly, it has no conviction to offer, just the comforts of its genericness.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
Hallstrom, the old softie, can't resist turning this into an inspirational tale, a freshwater Field of Dreams.
-J. R. JonesFull Review
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.
-Peter TraversFull Review
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 PhillipsFull Review
This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy.
-Roger EbertFull Review
[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 GleibermanFull Review
It's a spirited, eloquent film-delightfully offbeat, deliciously different and well worth investigating.
-Rex ReedFull Review
[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 RocchiFull Review
Mostly sacrifices the political satire and epistolary structure of Paul Torday's source novel in favor of cute, if strained, rom-com shenanigans.
-Mark HolcombFull Review