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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Reviews

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August 24, 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 | Original Score: A
Chris Sawin
August 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
July 30, 2012
A movie as elegant, spare and tantalizing as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 26, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
June 1, 2012
delves deep into the qualities of dedication and perfectionism
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 24, 2012
The movie functions well as high-end food porn, but it's also an insightful character study of the single-minded Jiro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
May 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 16, 2012
Even after you've eaten your fill, Gelb's film is memorable not just as a foodie paradise, but as a lovely, insightful portrait of a man in a lifelong search for perfection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
May 14, 2012
Watching Jiro work with the decades of experience on his side is like watching a master painter adding strokes to a masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
I can imagine that if you are a sushi lover, then you'll be drooling over the delicious looking scenery, and it maybe even convince you to make a trip to Japan just to try some of the food.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
May 6, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 6, 2012
If you ever wondered what is the Art of Sushi, David Gelb's intriguing portrait opens up a whole new world, in which we learn about simplicity, balance and what defines 'deliciousness'
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2012
The centerpiece is a gorgeously photographed sequence showing a dinner at Jiro's restaurant, a "concerto" of the many courses (all sushi, no appetizers) that will make any foodie's mouth water.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 29, 2012
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 | Original Score: 89/100
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 27, 2012
Since few (if any) of us will ever be able to actually taste sushi chef Jiro Ono's cuisine -- minimum cost per person to dine there is roughly $300 -- we'll have to console ourselves with the visual bliss of this entertaining documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
April 27, 2012
As artful as it is appetizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 26, 2012
The parade of dishes is like one note after another in a symphony meant to be appreciated by all the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.
Brian Orndorf
April 19, 2012
Yes, it will make you hungry, but it also supplies an understanding of skill and care that's largely lost in today's mechanical world. It's a simple story, yet one with fascinating levels of behavior and expertise to examine.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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