Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 6, 2012
    100
    A dream, indeed. Sure to delight foodies and cinephiles alike.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 19, 2012
    90
    Jiro Ono is a magician.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Apr 5, 2012
    88
    Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a foodie's delight, obviously, and best seen either on a full stomach or with restaurant reservations immediately following.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 5, 2012
    88
    We meet a variety of interdependent characters, from tuna vendors to rice experts, all in thrall to Jiro and his sons. I really wish Tokyo were closer.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 22, 2012
    88
    David Gelb's thoughtful and wonderful documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, explores the dedication of this humble, bespectacled man, and the Zen-like focus he has for his work - or, as many would claim, for his art.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 7, 2012
    85
    At its simplest level, Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a portrait of a master. In its deeper layers, it explores what drives us to make things: Beautiful, jewel-like things, or things that delight our palate – or, in this case, both.
  7. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 22, 2012
    83
    Beautiful, thoughtful and engrossing.
  8. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 21, 2012
    83
    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!''
  9. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 7, 2012
    83
    David Gelb's documentary Jiro Dreams Of Sushi shows what a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro is like: each morsel prepared simply and perfectly, then replaced by another as soon as the previous piece is consumed, with no repetition of courses. Once an item is gone, it doesn't come back. That's why each one has to be memorable.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    Somewhere in a Tokyo street, there is a sushi restaurant with ten seats. And at this restaurant, a very old
  2. Aug 10, 2012
    8
    The movie is completely fascinating and is very well done. The story it tells is a very extreme and unusual one. When you stop to think that a person could work 24/7 for 70 years only thinking about sushi all his life long, and imagine doing the same with your life, you will get a sinking feeling. Jiro is not human, he is God, legend, and his tale is like no other. His life sounds miserable but out of it came absolute perfection and something meaningful, which is hard to accomplish in a endless mass of 8 billion people. Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2012
    8
    How do you show someone who is a perfectionist and who spends his entire lifetime honing his skill at his chosen craft? Such commitment is hardly seen anymore, in our get-rich-quick society. This quiet film shows us such a Masterl. Wish I could have a bite of Jiro's sushi! Full Review »