The Lunchbox Synopsis
A mistaken lunch delivery leads to a friendship via letters between a widower and a housewife.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Lunchbox isn’t an example of bravura moviemaking or cutting-edge style but simply a tale told with intelligence, restraint, and respect.
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
It’s an intimate, quiet and slow-paced romance, a simple, richly rewarding movie in the classic style of India’s greatest filmmaker, the...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Mary Houlihan
The Lunchbox,” Indian director Ritesh Batra’s debut, is a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary...
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By Bob Mondello
The Lunchbox is a first feature for director Ritesh Batra, but it nicely captures the almost overwhelming crush and noise of contemporary...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Wonderfully fresh and affecting fable from India.
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By Jay Weissberg
Batra adeptly plays on the tension of will they or won’t they meet, making good decisions based on character and situation rather than the...
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The Dissolve

By Noel Murray
Going strictly by plot description, Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox sounds a little like an Indian knock-off of a Nicholas Sparks movie, but it...
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The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
Batra's film is ultimately less about love than about the vulnerability relationships place us in emotionally, and courage required to move...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

If co-writer and director Ritesh Batra occasionally takes his sweet time getting from point A to point B, it’s equally true that he gives...
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Village Voice

Batra isn't ambitious with the visuals, but he creates an effective, unfussy sense of urban space, both indoor (cramped apartments, crowded...
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The Lunchbox

By wechslernm
We enjoyed it a great deal. I don't like the rating options provided here- Go or Must Go. It's not so magnificent that your life would be permanently challenged for not having seen it, but it was a...

Creative Tension

By Arturzinho
The conceit or concept of the movie is a delight and leads one to think that is will be a light-heared romantic comedy. The clever idea of a mixed-up delivery of a lunchbox to a man who is very happy...


By frenchteach
from what i had read about the film, i hadn't thought it would be so sad. in fact. all alomg i wa hoping for a happy eding. in addition i had a lot of trouble with th subit;es/ they were so light on...

The Lunch Box

By catharinejones
To view this movie you have to willing to be with the characters as they develop, not expect lots of outer action, rather it's the suble working of relationships....

The Lunchbox is worth seeing!

By lazarus4
We enjoyed this cozy little relationship movie. It's two main character's seemed heartfelt and full of internal conflict. The unseen but frequently heard character of the woman's auntie left your...

The Lunchbox

By pcampuzanohere
This movie is gentle, sweet and funny. It gives the characters time to feel, to react to each other, to change, to grow. Not the camera nor the plot rushes them. In their loneliness, two people...

too short a movie

thinking the director may write a sequel as it left us hanging and wanting more for the movie, did not like the ending, hope there is a follow up...

Lunchbox was a delight to all senses!

By momomo2
Actors were fascinating to watch, and the view into the life of another city, the sights and sounds were so vivid. I almost felt I could taste the food too. Cinematography beautifully done. Story...

Beautiful--both sad and optimistic

By rschechter222
This was an incredible movie. I felt like I knew the characters and understood them personally. The scenes of India also gave such a realistic view of everyday life in Mumbai--fascinating....

The Lunchbox

By ljbroth
This movie was charming, funny, poignant -- delved into themes of loneliness, aging, self awareness, and courage. Loved this movie on so many levels!! Impeccable acting, believable characters,...

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Rated PG | For for smoking and thematic material