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Jiro Dreams of Sushi Reviews

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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
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
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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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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.
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
Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine
April 22, 2011
In Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Gelb details, among other things, the painstaking process that goes into creating these mouthwatering pieces of sushi.
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
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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
Liz Haycroft
Little White Lies
January 10, 2013
A beautiful ode to an artisan and his culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: A-
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
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
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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
Nell Minow
March 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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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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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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