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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 37 out of 40
  2. Negative: 1 out of 40

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  1. Mar 22, 2012
    9
    It's a beautiful film - the visuals, the music, and the very subtle, quiet, gentle way in which the story is told work in delicious harmony. I'm not even a sushi eater, but I left the movie really needing to try it. The lifetime of Jiro's and his sons' commitment to improving their craft as the ends, not the means to an end (such as wealth or fame) is impressive. It's almost as if all those years of preparation and commitment are serving that single reaction from the consumer - that umami. If only everyone had the same level of dedication. Sure, there's a tremendous amount of personal sacrifice necessary to achieve greatness in this way - and Jiro admits that his family life suffered over the years. But it's refreshing to see someone so dedicated to excellence in every element of his craft. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2012
    5
    It's an interesting film, but halfway through becomes quite repetitive. While a lot is said about the craft aspects of making sushi, the process is never described in any detail from beginning to end, so we're left to trust in its complexity. Some lip service is paid to conservation issues, which anyone who follows such things knows is a terrible problem in the Japanese fishing industry.
  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!
  4. 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. Expand
  5. Aug 29, 2012
    10
    Somewhere in a Tokyo street, there is a sushi restaurant with ten seats. And at this restaurant, a very old
  6. Aug 26, 2013
    9
    According to Jiro Ono, the modest star of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a great sushi chef must be borderline obsessed or just plain obsessed with his craft to succeed. Clearly filmmaker David Gelb follows the same principals as Jiro Dreams of Sushi is heart warming, informative cinema that demands attention for its keen eye, its views on family, loyalty and devotion and its unrelenting look at a man who has worked almost every day of his life and regrets none of it. The film tells the story of Jiro and his passion for Sushi, something that has brought him from nothing to having a three star Michellin restaurant and a family whose devotion to this strange yet beautiful craft rivals his own, especially his son Yoshikazu. Unlike any food documentary you have seen, Jiro Dreams of Sushi doesn't tell a story of how Jiro came to be so knowledgeable in sushi, in fact the documentary only briefly speaks of Jiro's past. The film tells the story from the point of view of Gelb, a fly on the wall but one intent on taking in every little morsel of information. Gelb however is uninterested in the man Jiro was but the one his is today, 85 years old at the time of filming, Jiro is a modern marvel, a gem of a long forgotten time where devotion wasn't a vice, where hard work and imagination meant more than technology and blind luck. A film for our time, Jiro and his son are extraordinary people who are worth knowing existed, not only to inspire you but to scare you. Gelb frames this lesson in perfection with subtlety making for a relaxed yet involving viewing experience. The film packs in so much into its run time that it may feel overstuffed and at times a little preachy but overall I left this cinematic meal very satisfied yet with a hankering for more. Expand
  7. Nov 13, 2012
    5
    An interesting premise, but the film quickly exhausts the subject matter. One aspect of the film that is completely glazed over is the credibility of those claiming Jiro's sushi is so great. The interviewees are clearly biased and even intimidated by Jiro. I would have liked to have seen Jiro's reputation enforced first (by blind taste tests or other good science) before the documentary started lauding his techniques. The way the way the critics talk about Jiro's sushi is eerily reminiscent of how wine tasters talk about wine and they have been shown to be easily tricked by labels, presentation and expectations. Collapse
  8. Oct 1, 2012
    9
    Peace of Art!
    Jiro is a live monument!! like the Parthenon, the Great Wall or the Taj Mahal! The words are poor to describe this man. Wise, smart, role-model....The directing could be a little better, more deep. You 'll see it and see it again and again.
  9. Jwv
    Jan 9, 2014
    8
    A great feel-good documentary. The film succeeds in bringing forward an inspiring story of success. It's a good thing the film also focuses on Jiro's succession, but some deeper personal digging into the mystery Jiro still is after watching instead of focusing almost solely on his weighty philosophy, could justify the title some more.

    I had the feeling that the director didn't really
    have a very cohesive and logic narrative in mind throughout the whole mid part of the film, and that the reorganization of some scenes could have provided a more intricate and seamless narrative structure.

    What I thought was particularly great about seeing this movie from a European perspective was that it made me genuinely inquisitive and interested into this unknown Japanese culture.

    A film with a real, albeit cliché message.
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  10. May 26, 2014
    7
    What an interesting little documentary this was. It's original, unique an one of a kind. You can't just take one persons word for it, you have to go see it on your own terms- Because this is something you won't regret taking a look at.
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: Simon Crook
    Jan 7, 2013
    80
    Treating his seafood substantially better than Oldboy, Jiro is a miracle of perfectionism married to expertise. The same can said for Gelb's loving documentary.
  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.