The Lunchbox Synopsis
A mistaken lunch delivery leads to a friendship via letters between a widower and a housewife.
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88

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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88

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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88

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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80

NPR

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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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Wonderfully fresh and affecting fable from India.
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80

Variety

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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80

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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75

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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75

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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70

Village Voice

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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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Rated PG | For for smoking and thematic material