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"Toots Shor is many things to many people," said Edward R. Murrow of the legendary Manhattan saloonkeeper in 1955. A friend to the famous, a crook to the feds, father, brother, gambler, bum, but most of all Toots Shor was the owner of America's greatest saloon. Directed by his granddaughter, "Toots" is a provocative, loving and unmistakably authentic portrait of the self-made, unapologetic and quintessentially American man who became the unlikely den-mother to the heroes of America's golden age. Politicians and gangsters, sports heroes and movie stars--Sinatra,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Restaurateur Toots Shor gets an overdue documentary close-up courtesy of his granddaughter, director Kristi Jacobson, in the enjoyable, well-assembled Toots."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Cheers to Ms. Jacobson for keeping alive the memory of New York nightlife's golden era, and a man who embodied it."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"Toots is a euphoric rewind to a bygone era when the speakeasies and the saloon congregations drew a faithful patronage that rivaled the Catholic Church."
‑ Matthew Nestel, Boxoffice Magazine
"You see Toots, and you wish you had been there."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Toots leaves you longing for a more public culture, for places where the palship isn't just the upshot of intoxication. It's a cinematic happy hour."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A real treat and a booster shot of sweet nostalgia."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Affectionately and vividly recalls a bygone New York era."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"A nostalgic, meticulously researched full course meal from granddaughter Kristi Jacobson that will whet appetites of fest, specialty and tube diners."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Charts with unabashed affection its subject's rise from Jewish discrimination as a kid in South Philly to magnetic celebrity and close friend to Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Joe Dimagio, and Frank Gifford."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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