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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The image that finally lingers is one shown repeatedly: a close-up of fingers gently pressing a piece of fish onto a handheld oblong of rice, painting it with a single brushing of sauce and laying it on a plate, after which the preparer steps back. We're left to contemplate the pristine creation and envy Jiro's lucky customers. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    One of the film's best moments of deliciousness comes with the revelation that Yoshikazu, rather than his father, made the sushi that won the Michelin inspectors over; so much for working humbly in the old man's shadow. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    An extraordinary morsel of a movie, and yes, you'll want sushi afterward. But it won't taste like Jiro's. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi - if you are on an empty stomach. David Gelb's documentary on Jiro Ono, the 85-year-old sushi chef whose Tokyo restaurant received three Michelin stars is a paean to perfectionism and crafty bit of food porn. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The movie's first word is oishi, Japanese for "delicious," and what follows is a treat for sushi veterans. First-timers, however, may wish for a little more context. show more

  • 85
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a foodie's delight, obviously, and best seen either on a full stomach or with restaurant reservations immediately following. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a portrait of tunnel vision. Jiro exists to make sushi. Sushi exists to be made by Jiro. show more

  • September 10, 2012 theteachick
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    What an amazing man. Because of this movie, my husband and I are planning to dine at his restaurant and his son\'s restaurant next year. We can\'t wait!

  • September 01, 2012 zg00000000074322
    Report This User

    Jiro is a brilliant sushi genious and I want more than ever to visit his restaurant. What a riveting documentary about a life of hard work, dedication, persistence, and, more than anything else, passion. Jiro\'s years of work and attention to detail along with a well-trained staff make his ********* world\'s best.

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