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Based on 11 Reviews
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  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Anyone who laments the loss of an older, grittier New York ought to adore this affectionate portrait of Greenwich Village restaurant owner Kenny Shopsin. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A rare, hilarious and ultimately touching look at the kind of American iconoclast that barely exists anymore. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The self-taught man behind the griddle, his wife, Eve, and their five seen-it-all kids emerge as the ensemble of the year. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Using a hand-held microphone, Mahurin captures the burly, middle-age, salty-tongued cook philosophizing nonstop as he individually prepares mouth-watering high-cholesterol meals from a 900-item menu over a stove he has put together himself. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Shopsin is a small piece of New York history, and Mahurin's film is the portrait he deserves: small, noisy and oddly engaging beneath the bluster. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    I was desperate to eat at Shopsin's by the end. show more

  • 83
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    A curiously tasty dish, one that could leave even a vegan with a burning desire to sample Shopsin's lamb chops. show more

  • 70
    David Rooney Variety

    Charming character study. show more

  • 70
    Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader

    This quirky 2004 documentary ends with the Shopsins' forced relocation after 32 years, an uprooting made all the more poignant by Eve's death during filming. show more

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