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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

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99

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 87
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 1

Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.

97

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 1

Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted

Jul 24, 2012

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The exquisite nigiri slices gleam with freshness, and you do learn about the component parts to the perfect serving of sea eel or gizzard shad.

January 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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By the time this graceful film is over you understand why Japan has declared the bald, bespectacled Jiro a national treasure. Even if you've never tasted sushi, the man's singleness of purpose will inspire you.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (2)
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Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: The New Republic | Comment (1)
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Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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This documentary strikes a balance between storytelling and food porn that's hard to come by in foodie flicks. Like a proper sushi meal, "Jiro" left me feeling sated, not stuffed.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Ono may be the center of this universe, but the real star of the film is the sushi, and the exquisite yet frustrating beauty with which the camera has captured it.

June 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Gelb also provides an education on the different kinds of sushi, the purveyors of premium fish and rice, and overfishing. But it's his lyrical, lovingly photographed scenes of preparation that elevates the documentary to a work of art.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Subtitled docu about sushi chef inspires and enlightens.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You may not dream of sushi, but don't watch this on an empty stomach.

February 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Taking a minimalistic approach that matches his subject matter, documentary filmmaker Gelb delves into one of the most acclaimed kitchens in the world: the tiny Tokyo sushi bar run by 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the oldest chef to earn three Michelin stars.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

I left the cinema wanting to meet the man and eat his food.

January 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

David Gelb's affectionate documentary ...

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A beautiful ode to an artisan and his culture.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Jiro Ono's exacting standards have earned him three Michelin stars, but it's his taciturn nature that spices and sours this documentary.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The themes of age and appalling loss give the film a freakishly affecting lyricism.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Jiro Dreams of Sushi sets a drool-flecked new standard in food porn, and makes the moanings and gruntings of Nigella Lawson look softcore by comparison.

January 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The end result isn't just one of the best films of 2012, documentary or fiction, but a movie worthy of Jiro himself.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Treating his seafood substantially better than Oldboy, Jiro is a miracle of perfectionism married to expertise. The same can said for Gelb's loving documentary.

January 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It does not try to make any broad claims about it subject beyond simply observing, this is what he does, this is why it matters, and this is his legacy.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's a simple tale, but one to savour.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

I never cared for sushi, but I have to admit that seeing the documentary film, 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi' makes me want to try the incomparable and expensive sushi at Jiro's place.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The no-nonsense documentary about a compulsive sushi chef wet my appetite even though I never liked sushi.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If the ultimate goal of a documentary is to drop you into a location and make you feel it as if you were actually there, consider this the most scrumptious trip to Tokyo you'll ever take.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

Audience Reviews for Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro is the master of his craft, he is passionate and is a perfectionist. I can't help but think that anyone doing the same thing for as many decades as he has, with the finest ingredients as he has at his disposal would probably achieve the same though. Is it passion or is he just set in his ways? His restaurant only seats 15 at a time and is situated in a Tube station. It's a strange mix of passion and repetitiveness, perfectionism and stubbornness. I could never say the man has wasted his life, he has achieved something that so many try to but at the same time, it does seem like a wasted life, if not a boring one. I totally want to eat his Sushi, this film made me so hungry but it also made me sad for Jiro, even though he seems very happy. Food for thought seems to be the unavoidable cliched response to this film so there it is.
June 27, 2013
SirPant

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Just a title like Jiro Dreams of Sushi can save you over an hour and twenty minutes.

Full review at themoviefreakblog.com 12/4
November 27, 2012
spielberg00

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Very charming and beautifully shot. It still did not make me want to try sea urchin, though.
November 18, 2012
Julie

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Interesting doco. Not sure I would want to be working at Jiro's age, but good for him. His sushi looks delicious!
August 4, 2012
romy861

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    1. Jiro Ono: Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success... and is the key to being regarded honorably.
    – Submitted by Hriya M (19 months ago)
    1. Jiro Ono: I'll continue to climb to try to reach the top, but no one knows where the top is!
    – Submitted by Elliot K (21 months ago)
    1. Jiro Ono: Jiro's ghost will always be watching.
    – Submitted by Tammy G (2 years ago)
    1. Jiro Ono: My son must do this for the rest of his life.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Jiro Ono: Even at my age, in my work... I haven't reached perfection.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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