Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Aug 2, 2012
    Any bona fide sushi fan stands to benefit from the general wake up call that "The Global Catch" provides in ample doses.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 5, 2012
    Sushi: The Global Catch offers an intriguing mix of history, process and state-of-the-fish reports, advocating a reversal of the world's assault on bluefin tuna fisheries and a short course on the alternatives.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Aug 5, 2012
    A solid primer that augments exposition with a powerful sensual streak, Mark Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch aims to be a comprehensive look at the raw-fish phenomenon.
  4. Reviewed by: Joel Arnold
    Aug 6, 2012
    The Global Catch may be one-sided in its argument, but it's a persuasive one - and the next time you eat sushi, you may think twice about ordering bluefin.
  5. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Aug 2, 2012
    As storytelling, "The Global Catch" often falls short. It has too much to cover to be comprehensive and can seem a bit random. As a consciousness raiser, the film fares much better.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Aug 2, 2012
    Unlike most issue-oriented documentaries about the abundant idiocy of the human species and the imminent demise of our planet, Mark S. Hall's Sushi: The Global Catch offers foodies and sushi buffs a refreshing palate-cleanser before the parade of experts and the dire news reports.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jul 31, 2012
    This kaleidoscopic meticulousness proves comprehensive without ever feeling tedious, an especially impressive feat considering how quickly it becomes message-oriented.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Aug 1, 2012
    The documentary Sushi: The Global Catch tries to be two things at once: an international survey of the way sushi is marketed, prepared, and consumed, and an argument for sustainability, particularly with regard to the bluefin tuna population. These threads are related, but one nonetheless takes away from the other.
  9. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jul 31, 2012
    The documentary is ultimately a dry endeavor that feels closer in spirit to an Afterschool Special than a full-blooded movie.
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  1. Oct 5, 2014
    First 30 Minutes are great. A fascinating background of the global fish trade is provided with plenty of insight, complete with industryFirst 30 Minutes are great. A fascinating background of the global fish trade is provided with plenty of insight, complete with industry experts at all levels. Then, the movie sharply and suddenly turns into an hour-long environmentalist propaganda campaign. The organization Greenpeace is painted in a glowy light, with disregard for their illegal activities. A lot of unqualified statements are made about the fishing industry and the movie concludes with an advertisement for a "sustainable" sushi restaurant in Southern California.

    I felt a bit insulted after finishing this film.

    If you would like a guilt-free documentary that provides insight into the history, art, and practice of creating sushi, check out Jiro Dreams of Sushi, currently available on Netflix.
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