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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Reviews

Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

January 8, 2013
Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
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It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 7, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2012
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

April 20, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 19, 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
John Anderson
Newsday
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As exhausting as Jiro may be, he's also inspiring.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 6, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Would you be willing to massage an octopus for 45 minutes, until its flesh possesses just the right amount of chewability? Jiro is.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 5, 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
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
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A case study in the phenomenon of mastery.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 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
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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn't just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It's a meditation on work, on finding one's path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 22, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Director David Gelb pulls back the curtain on the kitchen rituals of sushi, inviting us to experience the savory-smooth sensation of ''umami,'' roughly translated as ''Ahhh!''

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 21, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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A profile of a celebrity chef, a quick cultural immersion and many mouth-watering montages of food preparation in one package.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"is as elegant and tasty as the splendid sushi prepared by the man in the title, and that is saying a lot

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 15, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It is as much a family saga as a visit to sushi nirvana, and that adds an unexpected and satisfying narrative to this visual stunner.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 15, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's beautifully photographed and explained at every stage from market to table, a foodie's dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance. A hungry trance.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 9, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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An extraordinary morsel of a movie, and yes, you'll want sushi afterward. But it won't taste like Jiro's.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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The real star of the movie is the delectable sushi itself.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
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
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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The movie's first word is oishi, Japanese for "delicious," and what follows is a treat for sushi veterans.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 8, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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A dream, indeed.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/5

March 6, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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If you have any kind of affinity for the food at all, you will very much want to dine at Sukiyabashi Jiro, regardless of the distance or cost, after seeing Jiro Dreams Of Sushi...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 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
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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An appetizing portrait of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, the oldest chef to win three Michelin stars (for his 10-seater, sushi-only Tokyo restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro), pic is as clean and simple as one of its subject's creations.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 14, 2011
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