Courtney of The Daily Rotation wrote, "For a movie with a title as strange as they come, I didn’t know what to expect – a drama, a comedy, a documentary? The whole concept seemed wholly absurd, and the sparsely populated theater gave me doubts about what I was getting myself into. But, from the moment the movie began, I was hooked (pun lamely intended). From the stellar acting and the beautiful landscape shots, to the impeccably witty writing and laugh-out-loud comedic delivery from the cast, this movie slid its way into my favorite romantic comedies of all time. While I don’t want to over-promise, and while there were definitely some issues that I will address, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen far exceeds the expectations set in my mind for what a romantic comedy should be."