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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Gelb

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About the Movie

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 89
  • Fresh: 88
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's torture to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi -- if you are on an empty stomach. – Maggie Lee, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 7, 2013

Fresh: I really wish Tokyo were closer. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Apr 5, 2012

Fresh: 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, Apr 5, 2012

Fresh: As exhausting as Jiro may be, he's also inspiring. – John Anderson, Newsday, Apr 6, 2012

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Customer Reviews


My wife and I drove 150 miles round trip to see this movie. An absolute joy and feast for the eyes. Only problem was that we could not eat sushi for several weeks thereafter. Jiro's sushi was just too strong in our memory to violate with any run of the mill variant. This is a great film!

Easily the most inspiring movie I have seen in years.

This movie isn't really about sushi and people that make it. It is about what one can achieve with a certain mindset. From extreme poverty to the world's most renown sushi chef, Jiro dedicates his life to perfection. A must see!

Not enough content to sustain the length

The food looks great, and what we learn about Jiro and his family is interesting -- but not interesting enough to fill an hour and 22 minutes. The filmmakers, it seems, wanted desperately to have a feature-length film but didn't manage to find enough material of interest; as a result, the film starts getting repetitive after about 50 minutes or so. At the same time, the film leaves you with unanswered questions: It begins to explore the biography of Jiro and his two sons, but women are entirely absent from the story -- we hear about Jiro's father, but nothing about his mother or his wife, or if the sons have families of their own who might lead the restaurants for a third generation. The film talks about the long history of sushi, but there, too, it could've provided more information. Instead, we get a great deal of testimony about Jiro's dedication and high standards, again and again and again. When embarking on a project like this, foremost in the director's mind should be the question of how he's going to avoid making a film that comes off as one long advertisement for Jiro's restaurant. But David Gelb, the director, has not come up with an adequate answer.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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