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The Lunchbox Reviews

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Peter Calder
New Zealand Herald
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
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 11, 2016
Melancholic wit - and a tone of restrained melodrama - is what makes Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox a small gem.
Giles Hardie
October 16, 2014
The perfect date film, guaranteed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Deborah Kennedy
Willamette Week
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
Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)
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
Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)
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
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
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.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
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
Jess Lomas
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
Tom Clift
Concrete Playground
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
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
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
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
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
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
May 8, 2014
A Romantic's Delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
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.
Stefan Pape
April 23, 2014
A moving piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
April 19, 2014
Writer-director Ritesh Batra's "The Lunchbox," a romantic-comedy about two strangers in Mumbai who develop an unlikely connection, may well be the start of a distinguished cinema career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lewis Beale
News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
April 18, 2014
There are no big scenes or intense dramatic moments; it's filled with observational details about character and place, adding up to a subtle but memorable look at desperate lives in transition.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 18, 2014
Leaves you hungry for Indian food and friendship over loneliness
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