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The Lunchbox Reviews

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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.
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
March 6, 2014
As in an old Nora Ephron comedy, each of the prospective lovers is supplied with an irritating comic foil.
April 25, 2014
The themes are universal, even trite, but the details are authentic and specific.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2017
A surprising film of depth, warmth, sorrow and romance, "The Lunchbox" deserves to be seen by a wide audience.
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 11, 2016
Melancholic wit - and a tone of restrained melodrama - is what makes Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox a small gem.
June 5, 2017
Nitpicking aside, The Lunchbox is a thoroughly charming film, brought alive by some great writing.
December 13, 2017
To sum it up, The Lunchbox is one of the best films to come out from Hindi film industry. It takes us a notch higher.
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
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.
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
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
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
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+
April 23, 2014
A moving piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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
February 27, 2014
We will be hearing more from this exciting young filmmaker.
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