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  • Summary: In his feature debut, noted artist, illustrator and video-director Mahurin celebrates one of his favorite restaurants -- Shopins, a Greenwich Village institution. What emerges is a hilarious and heartfelt hymn to individuality, independence and idiosyncrasy -- not just in the kitchen, but inIn his feature debut, noted artist, illustrator and video-director Mahurin celebrates one of his favorite restaurants -- Shopins, a Greenwich Village institution. What emerges is a hilarious and heartfelt hymn to individuality, independence and idiosyncrasy -- not just in the kitchen, but in life. (ThinkFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. The self-taught man behind the griddle, his wife, Eve, and their five seen-it-all kids emerge as the ensemble of the year.
  2. The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.
  3. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    80
    A rare, hilarious and ultimately touching look at the kind of American iconoclast that barely exists anymore.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    70
    A curiously tasty dish, one that could leave even a vegan with a burning desire to sample Shopsin's lamb chops.
  6. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    Charming character study.
  7. Mr. Mahurin is obviously enchanted by his subject, but he never gets past his delight to say anything of real, sustaining interest.

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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
    8
    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 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. Expand
  2. MarkT.
    Aug 7, 2006
    7
    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 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. Collapse
  3. AlisonP.
    Aug 7, 2006
    6
    Disappointing considering some things I heard but still well acted and well directed. Nothing too special.