• PG, 1 hr. 44 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Ritesh Batra
    In Theaters:
    Feb 28, 2014 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 1, 2014
  • Sony Pictures Classics


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The Lunchbox Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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This gentle romantic drama, by the Indian director Ritesh Batra, packs twenty minutes of action into its hour-and-three-quarters running time.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 3, 2014
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A clever setup that harkens back to "You've Got Mail" and "The Shop Around the Corner" doesn't quite pay off in India's warm-hearted comedy-drama "The Lunchbox."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 26, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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As in an old Nora Ephron comedy, each of the prospective lovers is supplied with an irritating comic foil.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 6, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The themes are universal, even trite, but the details are authentic and specific.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

April 25, 2014
Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)

It dragged for me a tiny bit towards the end but, generally, I really enjoyed it.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2014
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot

At best, your heart goes out to the two isolated characters. At worst, you may go to sleep.

Full Review Source: The Virginian-Pilot | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 1, 2014
Jess Lomas

The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

July 7, 2014
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

The patience in mercurially presenting the characters' backstories and desires is matched by the film's genuine curiosity about the healing power of sharing stories.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 26, 2014
Sam Fragoso
Film School Rejects

Batra's directorial debut is no monumental step forward in the medium, but it does belong to a rare breed of movies that embraces the prospect of new and unforeseen love wholeheartedly, without cynicism or superficiality.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B+

February 27, 2014
Stefan Pape

A moving piece of cinema.

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2014
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

One of those films that gives words like "tender" and "touching" a good name. You would need to be some sort of monster to resist its charms.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 11, 2014
Matt Maytum
Total Film

First-time writer/director Ritesh Batra deserves credit for mining gently captivating drama from a pitch that could have just ended with passive-aggressive Post-its left on the office fridge.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 7, 2014
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground

A charming portrait of two lonely hearts who connect across a city of more than 20 million people.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 7, 2014
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood

We will be hearing more from this exciting young filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Thompson on Hollywood

February 27, 2014
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman

Do not attempt to see The Lunchbox on an empty stomach. To do so is simply torture.

Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2014
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

As convincing a story about aging and compromise as it is a romance.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2014
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

A minor classic that remembers it's not sizzling sex scenes that make movie love stories work, it's the longing.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 24, 2014
Paul Gallagher
The List

This warm and funny Indian film takes a set-up worthy of the great romantic comedies of Hollywood's golden era and develops it into a touching story of connection, with echoes of Lost in Translation in its tone and characterisation.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2014
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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For the acting alone, "The Lunchbox" is a sumptuous treat.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 27, 2014
William Goss
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This long-distance love story is comfort food in any language, perfectly agreeable and unlikely to surprise.

Full Review Source: Film.com

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