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Part homage, part investigation, Men at Lunch is the revealing tale of an American icon, the unprecedented race to the sky and the immigrant workers that built New York in the throes of the Great Depression. (c) First Run

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Regrettably, "Men at Lunch" obsesses over disappearing ghosts instead of the records we already have and the history we should know."
‑ Inkoo Kang, Los Angeles Times
"Shots of modern men rebuilding One World Trade Center stirringly evokes the majestic photo's continuing connection to the present."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"But just as the documentary doesn't really have the goods when it comes to solving the photograph's mysteries, it only skims across the surface of what the picture represents."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"The core image is striking, but it's not quite as "iconic" as claimed. The allusions to 9/11 are unnecessary. But Men at Lunch remains an honourable, worthwhile effort."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The film feels meandering. Not only does it offer a jumble of ideas that aren't followed through, but it's also structured oddly."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"Men at Lunch loses sight of its lede and fumbles away viewer interest. The photo itself says more than this muddled documentary."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Whether it merits a feature-length documentary or a slot on PBS, I'm not sure."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"By the time an extremely misjudged 9/11 montage swings into view, you'll be wishing they'd just let the photograph speak for itself."
‑ Niki Boyle, The List
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Few New York City photos are as familiar or evocative as the one that inspired the documentary "Men At Lunch.""
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"While some interviewees proffer genuine insights worth pondering, these can't balance the film's wayward focus and runaway aggrandisement."
‑ Chris Buckle, The Skinny
"The gritty beauty of the time of the original melting pot and the mysterious origins of the most famous photo in the world."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
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