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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
When Britain's leading fisheries expert (Ewan McGregor) is approached by a consultant (Emily Blunt) to help realize a sheikh's (Amr Waked) vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert, he immediately thinks the project is both absurd and unachievable. But when the Prime Minister's overzealous press secretary (Kristin Scott Thomas) latches on to it as a "good will" story, this unlikely team will put it all on the line and embark on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible, possible. -- (C) CBS Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The stars are endearing enough to keep things tolerable, though you may wonder why even McGregor's Scots brogue sounds artificially sweetened here."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"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 MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It's an affable, inoffensive British comedy that just wants you to like it so much that you can't help but snicker behind its back."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"As it stands, the best elements of the film become mired in the unwelcome narrative muck, branding Salmon Fishing in the Yemen the one that got away."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"...thanks to Simon Beaufoy's fantastically witty script, Salmon Fishing is a fun and often unpredictable ride."
‑ Rebecca Barry,
"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 Ogle, Miami Herald
"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
"To say this movie requires an utter suspension of disbelief is a vast understatement."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Everything that happens is horribly predictable, and the tone varies from light and fluffy to over-the-top camp, especially with Kristin Scott Thomas as the cynical British press secretary."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Guts most of the edgy features of the novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's an engaging love story that should appeal to moviegoers with a flair for the offbeat."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A charming little movie."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"... just because something seems absurd doesn't mean it can't happen. And just because a film seems to lack surprises doesn't mean it won't take an entirely satisfying turn at the end."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Faith, serenity, dreams, possibilities, duty and honor, love . . . and fishing. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" somehow ties them all together, and without so much as a kink in the line."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Apart from some glaring orientalist, sweeping generalisations and characterisations of Yemeni and Arabic people was a cute and painfully predictable British comedy featuring a measured accomplished performance from Ewan McGregor."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
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