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Long a cultural fixture of New York's Greenwich Village, Shopsin's is explored in this documentary feature from music video director and filmmaker Matt Mahurin (1996's Mugshot). Facing the prospect of shutting down after years as one of the area's best-loved restaurants, owners Eve and Kenny Shopsin reflect on the eatery's beginnings and history. Along with demonstrating some of Shopsin's specialties in the kitchen, the eccentric Kenny waxes philosophically about love, life, politics, and everything in between. I Like Killing Flies screened in competition at the 2004… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"It celebrates individuality, hidden artistry, uncelebrated brilliance and the essence of the American spirit and is a general gas to watch."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"... an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"I like Kenny Shopsin!"
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"The food looks scrumptious and the video is carried along through the strength of the idiosyncratic and blustery chef."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Shopsin is a character. He's loud, lewd and fat, speaks his mind on just about every subject known to man, and is beloved by his regular customers, who follow him to his new digs."
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"The security-camera visuals and intrusive button microphone jutting into the frame give the movie an appealing fly-on-the-wall quality, successfully capturing the old Shopsin's experience for posterity."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"An irresistible no-budget documentary."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Viewers will either like it, as I did, or hate it, based on Kenny Shopsin's abrasive, but fascinating personality."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"As oddly direct and quirky as its title. Its audio track would play great on "This American Life.""
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"A colorful and offbeat documentary about Kenny Shopsin, a cook, entrepreneur, and raconteur in a popular Greenwich Village restaurant."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The central figure in this exuberant documentary, a committed Freudian who probably would've tossed Freud himself out had he looked at him sideways, spouts one gem after another."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Anyone who laments the loss of an older, grittier New York ought to adore this affectionate portrait of Greenwich Village restaurant owner Kenny Shopsin."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The story is okay and at times quite entertaining, but it does not make for a compelling drama that you have to rush out and see."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"You can't go home again, the film reminds us, and you can never eat the same meal twice. At least not at Shopsin's."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"[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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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