The Lunchbox
The Lunchbox (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Warm, affectionate, and sweet but not cloying, The Lunchbox is a clever crowd-pleaser from first-time director Ritesh Batra.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There's nothing wildly original here, but it's carried off with charm and wit, and a pair of very enjoyable central performances.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A pleasure, from the fascinating intricacies of Mumbai-style interlocking lunch containers to the quietly masterful performance of Khan.

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Giles Hardie
Flicks.co.nz

The perfect date film, guaranteed.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A lovely little film from a place where the little things linger.

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John Anderson
Newsday

Warm, and warmly predictable.

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Deborah Kennedy
Willamette Week

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"The Lunchbox" doesn't offer easy solutions, but it is filled with keen observations. All meals should be this satisfying.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

"The Lunchbox" is a feast of delights, one of the best stories about the connection between food and love the movies have ever seen.

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Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)

It dragged for me a tiny bit towards the end but, generally, I really enjoyed it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A neglected housewife starts a correspondence with a widowed accountant nearing retirement when he is mistakenly delivered the special lunch she made to impress… More
Walter M.
In order to gain the attention of her husband Rajeev(Nakul Vaid), Ila(Nimrat Kaur) cooks an extra special lunch for him. Except he does not receive it.… More
Mark Hobin
For a movie that relies heavily on the seductive qualities of food, The Lunchbox rarely dwells on the culinary delights prepared. It's hard not to think… More
hawk ledge
Feel-good drama mixing the chaotic and spacious.
c0up  
'The Lunchbox'. A real charmer that's just the right amount of sweet and hardly hits a false note. If only more films like this came out of… More
Noah Nemeroff
'The Lunch Box' (2014) is the genial and sensible debut film of Ritesh Batra which takes place in India. It's a nice slice-of-life story that… More