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The Lunchbox Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 3, 2014
This gentle romantic drama, by the Indian director Ritesh Batra, packs twenty minutes of action into its hour-and-three-quarters running time.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 26, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 6, 2014
As in an old Nora Ephron comedy, each of the prospective lovers is supplied with an irritating comic foil.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 25, 2014
The themes are universal, even trite, but the details are authentic and specific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics
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
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.
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
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
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
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
February 26, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Fragoso
Film School Rejects
February 27, 2014
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 | Original Score: B+
Stefan Pape
April 23, 2014
A moving piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Maytum
Total Film
April 7, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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
Anne Thompson
Thompson on Hollywood
February 27, 2014
We will be hearing more from this exciting young filmmaker.
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
March 27, 2014
Do not attempt to see The Lunchbox on an empty stomach. To do so is simply torture.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 16, 2014
As convincing a story about aging and compromise as it is a romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
February 24, 2014
A minor classic that remembers it's not sizzling sex scenes that make movie love stories work, it's the longing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Paul Gallagher
The List
March 3, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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