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I Like Killing Flies Reviews

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Kam Williams
September 24, 2007
I like Kenny Shopsin!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 19, 2007
Viewers will either like it, as I did, or hate it, based on Kenny Shopsin's abrasive, but fascinating personality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 27, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 5, 2006
The food looks scrumptious and the video is carried along through the strength of the idiosyncratic and blustery chef.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 3, 2006
It celebrates individuality, hidden artistry, uncelebrated brilliance and the essence of the American spirit and is a general gas to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 26, 2006
As oddly direct and quirky as its title. Its audio track would play great on "This American Life."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 21, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 14, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
August 4, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2006
... an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 29, 2006
A colorful and offbeat documentary about Kenny Shopsin, a cook, entrepreneur, and raconteur in a popular Greenwich Village restaurant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 28, 2006
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
July 28, 2006
It is a joy of a movie. But watching it hungry -- at least for those of us outside New York, or those New Yorkers who Kenny refuses to serve -- only creates an appetite that cannot possibly be satisfied.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 28, 2006
An irresistible no-budget documentary.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 28, 2006
Anyone who laments the loss of an older, grittier New York ought to adore this affectionate portrait of Greenwich Village restaurant owner Kenny Shopsin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 27, 2006
A quick-sketch portrait of Kenny Shopsin, of the legendary or notorious, depending on your experience, Greenwich Village eatery that bears his name.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Rooney
July 27, 2006
The central subject is such a volatile, complex eccentric and his establishment is such a uniquely New York institution that the charming character study should land quality cable slots.
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John Anderson
July 27, 2006
It's a rough-hewn film, more interesting, probably, to those who've actually made it through a meal there, but fun and maybe even inspiring.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 26, 2006
Matt Mahurin's I Like Killing Flies utilizes extreme close-ups (sometimes with microphones in clear view) to create an appealingly informal aesthetic of proximity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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