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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Full of Omega 3. Read full review

3.0

Grae Drake Profile

Kicking Bass and Taking Names Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    58

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    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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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Quirky romance mixes politics, charm; fine for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a quirky romance with a mish-mash of themes that includes love, international relations, faith, war, marital infidelity, and fishing. Overall the movie has a genteel feel, and though there's some salty language (including "ass," "bastard, and one use of "f--k"), it's not excessive. Expect some kissing and a couple of love scenes that imply sex, though there's no graphic nudity. There's also some social drinking and smoking, and use of a gun by an attempted assassin.

  • Families can talk about Salmon Fishing in the Yemen's messages. What do you think it wants audiences to take away from watching? Does all entertainment need to have a message?
  • What makes Harriet's and Fred's romance different or similar to that of other movie couples? Did either of them do anything wrong? Why did they hesitate?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen's messages are about the importance of peace, patience, tolerance, humility, and faith.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Alfred and Harriet are as different, in both personality and disposition, as two people can be. But in working toward a common goal, they discover much to appreciate in each other. They're both clear about not wanting to be hurtful of others and are quite respectful of their complicated individual situations.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: An assassin attempts to kill one of the characters with a gun; later, a dam is destroyed.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A woman takes off her pants and joins her boyfriend in bed (they're mostly shown cuddling). Earlier, they're seen kissing. Another couple is shown just finishing having sex (no nudity).

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" is shown typed on a computer, with asterisks in place of most of the letters; later, a mother says the word while speaking to her teenage son. Also occasional use of words including "bloody hell," "bastard," "ass," "damn," "oh my God, " "goddamn," and "bollocks."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Mention of Target and the names of a few fishing magazines.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some social drinking. One character smokes cigarettes.

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