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The Lunchbox Reviews

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October 2, 2017
The film refuses the old adage that all you need is love, rooting both their stories in harsher socio-economic realities. The film is slight, but there's enough there to pique interest in what Barta does next.
September 15, 2017
A surprising film of depth, warmth, sorrow and romance, "The Lunchbox" deserves to be seen by a wide audience.
June 5, 2017
Nitpicking aside, The Lunchbox is a thoroughly charming film, brought alive by some great writing.
January 6, 2017
This is a thoughtful little movie, one that benefits from its main performances and a nicely slow building romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2016
This is not a comedy that delivers its humour broadly or a romance that seeks to induce a swoon; it has a restrained, even melancholic tone that dilutes its essential sentimentalism. There's a lot to be said for that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 11, 2016
Melancholic wit - and a tone of restrained melodrama - is what makes Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox a small gem.
October 16, 2014
The perfect date film, guaranteed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2014
Batra allows Ila and Sajaan's relationship to develop slowly and subtly, like an old photograph, and the tender humor adds exactly the right amount of spice to what is already a delicious mix of melancholy and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 18, 2014
It dragged for me a tiny bit towards the end but, generally, I really enjoyed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2014
Somewhere in [its] moments of joy, lies the film's optimistic message about life, and how it should be lived. Which sounds syrupy, but it's far from it. It's magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 18, 2014
Though this much-touted, cuter-than-cute, try-hard romantic film from India has been showered with festival glory and glowing reviews from across the world, it unspools as a likeable but pretty unexceptional little confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 16, 2014
The subtle performances of the leads, the remarkable Irrfan Khan and the engaging Nimrat Kaur, make 'The Lunchbox' a pleasure to watch.
July 14, 2014
The Lunchbox is either a piquant romance or a wise comedy. The director's confidence with such a delicate story makes it successful as both.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2014
A charming portrait of two lonely hearts who connect across a city of more than 20 million people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 5, 2014
Ritesh Batra in his debut feature, stirs his flavours gently, allowing the delicate aromas of human interaction to blossom unexpectedly in a heart-warming romance
July 1, 2014
At best, your heart goes out to the two isolated characters. At worst, you may go to sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2014
Khan's performance is in itself a tasty buffet, filled with a simmering anger, desperate loneliness, and a biting sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 8, 2014
A Romantic's Delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
April 28, 2014
First-time writer-director Batra nearly overplays his hand at a couple of moments, but all in all this is a film of finely judged reserve, and acutely anti-sentimental.
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