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2011 2.1/5 IMDb 7.9/10 (25k) PG SuperHD 82 minutes

This documentary profiles sushi chef Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old master whose 10-seat, $300-a-plate restaurant is legendary among Tokyo foodies.

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Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono Directed by David Gelb

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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.

Trevor Johnston, Time Out, 2013-01-08


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

Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, 2013-01-07


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.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-04-20


Gelb apparently understood that his subject was itself so taking that he wouldn't need filmic embellishments to keep his viewers alert.

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 2012-04-20


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

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-04-19


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.

Evan S. Benn, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-04-12


The most interesting moments, however, belong not to the chef but to those who labor in his shadow.

Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, 2012-04-06


As exhausting as Jiro may be, he's also inspiring.

John Anderson, Newsday, 2012-04-06


Would you be willing to massage an octopus for 45 minutes, until its flesh possesses just the right amount of chewability? Jiro is.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2012-04-05


I really wish Tokyo were closer.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2012-04-05


As a documentary about world-class sushi, this film is definitive. It runs only 81 minutes, but the subject is finite.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-04-05


A case study in the phenomenon of mastery.

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2012-03-29


At the age of 85, the subject of this fascinating documentary not only dreams of sushi but still drives himself to make it better.

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2012-03-24


Overall, this is a pleasant and often enlightening journey.

Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, 2012-03-23


Jiro Dreams of Sushi isn't just a film for foodies, or Japanophiles. It's a meditation on work, on finding one's path in life, and then walking it with singular purpose.

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-03-22


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!''

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2012-03-21


A profile of a celebrity chef, a quick cultural immersion and many mouth-watering montages of food preparation in one package.

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2012-03-16


"Jiro Dreams of Sushi"is as elegant and tasty as the splendid sushi prepared by the man in the title, and that is saying a lot

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2012-03-15


It is as much a family saga as a visit to sushi nirvana, and that adds an unexpected and satisfying narrative to this visual stunner.

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2012-03-15


It's beautifully photographed and explained at every stage from market to table, a foodie's dream night at the movies. The gentle shaping of the fish and sushi could lull you into a trance. A hungry trance.

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 2012-03-09