Jiro Dreams of Sushi Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 8, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter
January 7, 2013
It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
April 20, 2012
Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Evan S. Benn
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Sula
Chicago Reader
April 6, 2012
The most interesting moments, however, belong not to the chef but to those who labor in his shadow.
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 6, 2012
As exhausting as Jiro may be, he's also inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 5, 2012
I really wish Tokyo were closer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2012
As a documentary about world-class sushi, this film is definitive. It runs only 81 minutes, but the subject is finite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 29, 2012
A case study in the phenomenon of mastery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 24, 2012
At the age of 85, the subject of this fascinating documentary not only dreams of sushi but still drives himself to make it better.
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
Overall, this is a pleasant and often enlightening journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
A profile of a celebrity chef, a quick cultural immersion and many mouth-watering montages of food preparation in one package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 9, 2012
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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 9, 2012
An extraordinary morsel of a movie, and yes, you'll want sushi afterward. But it won't taste like Jiro's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 9, 2012
The real star of the movie is the delectable sushi itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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March 8, 2012
The movie's first word is oishi, Japanese for "delicious," and what follows is a treat for sushi veterans.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 8, 2012
Gelb creates a peaceful, contemplative mood with his long shots of men delicately molding fish onto rice, such that when Ono walks past a blaring shopping-mall video-screen at one point, the intrusion of the modern world seems out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
March 6, 2012
A dream, indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
March 6, 2012
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.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 14, 2011
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.