Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 75
    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.
  2. 75
    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.
  3. Anyone who laments the loss of an older, grittier New York ought to adore this affectionate portrait of Greenwich Village restaurant owner Kenny Shopsin.
  4. The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.
  5. Mr. Mahurin is obviously enchanted by his subject, but he never gets past his delight to say anything of real, sustaining interest.
  6. The self-taught man behind the griddle, his wife, Eve, and their five seen-it-all kids emerge as the ensemble of the year.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Charming character study.
  8. 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.
  9. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    A rare, hilarious and ultimately touching look at the kind of American iconoclast that barely exists anymore.
  10. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    I was desperate to eat at Shopsin's by the end.
  11. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    A curiously tasty dish, one that could leave even a vegan with a burning desire to sample Shopsin's lamb chops.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. SarahC.
    Sep 29, 2007
    This film was engaging, hilarious, and very rich (and I am not just talking about the food!). It was a real slice of life in New York, pretty raw and very funny. Full Review »
  2. MarkT.
    Aug 7, 2006
    The reviews got it right. It is excellent yet unmemborable and uncomfortably strange. All in all its hard to describe and to get the real first hand experience you have to see it yourself. Full Review »
  3. AlisonP.
    Aug 7, 2006
    Disappointing considering some things I heard but still well acted and well directed. Nothing too special.