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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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Like many other such portraits, it wastes valuable time declaring its subject's excellence that could be spent fleshing out demonstrations, explanations, context.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012

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.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: A

August 24, 2012
Chris Sawin

If the wardrobe to Narnia led to a restaurant full of world-class sushi, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" would be the exquisitely shot documentary that filmed your journey.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

August 1, 2012
Evan S. Benn
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 12, 2012
Mike Sula
Chicago Reader
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The most interesting moments, however, belong not to the chef but to those who labor in his shadow.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 6, 2012
Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
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Gelb might flit around a bit too much, but his appealing documentary always comes back to its subject's determination (sometimes overbearing) to leave the most meaningful possible legacy to his family and his craft.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 6, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

It's an interesting exploration of a particular aspect of Japanese culture, which is fathers and sons working together. It's a very likeable film, and sometimes, that's enough. If you're a Japanophile or a sushi nut, you'll likely be in heaven.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 22, 2012
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Gelb details, among other things, the painstaking process that goes into creating these mouthwatering pieces of sushi.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2011
Simon Miraudo

The film similarly guides us smoothly from opening credits to closing without complaint or concern, and before you know it, you've dreamily submitted to 80 minutes of raw fish preparation.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 6, 2012
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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Overall, this is a pleasant and often enlightening journey.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2012
Liz Haycroft
Little White Lies

A beautiful ode to an artisan and his culture.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

January 10, 2013
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The movie functions well as high-end food porn, but it's also an insightful character study of the single-minded Jiro.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A movie as elegant, spare and tantalizing as its subject.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 30, 2012
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The family drama gives Jiro its spine, but it's the kitchen demonstrations that give it soul. This is food porn of the highest caliber.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: A-

March 30, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Thoughtful, gentle and wonderfully restrained, David Gelb's brief documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a portrait of an artist in full flower, a master who has achieved a species of perfection.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 89/100

April 29, 2012

Like the food on display in beautiful close-ups, the film is a sleek reminder that simple can be fulfilling, and maybe even brilliant.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 26, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As a documentary about world-class sushi, this film is definitive. It runs only 81 minutes, but the subject is finite.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2012
Nell Minow

The movie's larger point is not about sushi or about sustainability but about devoting one's life to the pursuit of perfection in the service of others.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B+

March 8, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I really wish Tokyo were closer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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At the age of 85, the subject of this fascinating documentary not only dreams of sushi but still drives himself to make it better.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 24, 2012
Simon Abrams
The Playlist
March 9, 2012
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