The Lunchbox
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Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day's lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery. This begins a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's nothing wildly original here, but it's carried off with charm and wit, and a pair of very enjoyable central performances."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The perfect date film, guaranteed."
‑ Giles Hardie,
"Somewhere in [its] moments of joy, lies the film's optimistic message about life, and how it should be lived. Which sounds syrupy, but it's far from it. It's magical."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, At the Movies (Australia)
"The Lunchbox is either a piquant romance or a wise comedy. The director's confidence with such a delicate story makes it successful as both."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"A lovely little film from a place where the little things linger."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Warm, and warmly predictable."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Batra allows Ila and Sajaan's relationship to develop slowly and subtly, like an old photograph, and the tender humor adds exactly the right amount of spice to what is already a delicious mix of melancholy and hope."
‑ Deborah Kennedy, Willamette Week
"Though this much-touted, cuter-than-cute, try-hard romantic film from India has been showered with festival glory and glowing reviews from across the world, it unspools as a likeable but pretty unexceptional little confection."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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."
‑ Jess Lomas, Quickflix
""The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""The Lunchbox" is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It dragged for me a tiny bit towards the end but, generally, I really enjoyed it."
‑ Judith Lucy, At the Movies (Australia)
"The subtle performances of the leads, the remarkable Irrfan Khan and the engaging Nimrat Kaur, make 'The Lunchbox' a pleasure to watch."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"A charming portrait of two lonely hearts who connect across a city of more than 20 million people."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
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