Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2012)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 9, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautiful, thoughtful, and engrossing, Jiro Dreams of Sushi should prove satisfying even for filmgoers who don't care for the cuisine.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

At 81 minutes it could do with being still more bite-sized but it's a must-see morsel for foodies. Eat first - it'll make you ravenous.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

Obsessive, we were saying? Oh my, yes, and that's what makes the film so compelling.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A film about the pursuit of perfection. And the cost.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Evan S. Benn
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Ono may be the center of this universe, but the real star of the film is the sushi, and the exquisite yet frustrating beauty with which the camera has captured it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Letitia Lew
I feel like this is gonna be another Tampopo. Which means, make sure you're fully fed and surrounded by good food before you pop the DVD in.
Nicki Marie
Interesting doco. Not sure I would want to be working at Jiro's age, but good for him. His sushi looks delicious!
Flutie Archibald
If you like sushi, this is going to be up your alley. Guaranteed to make you want some sushi!
Sam Barnett
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" isn't the most exciting documentary around. But its lack of conflict or drama is made up for by the elegant cinematography… More
Julie B
Very charming and beautifully shot. It still did not make me want to try sea urchin, though.
'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'. A portrait of one man's absolute dedication, passion and never ending quest for perfection. I'm in complete… More