Men at Lunch
Men at Lunch (2013)

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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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Inkoo Kang
Los Angeles Times

Regrettably, "Men at Lunch" obsesses over disappearing ghosts instead of the records we already have and the history we should know.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Shots of modern men rebuilding One World Trade Center stirringly evokes the majestic photo's continuing connection to the present.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Miriam Bale
New York 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.

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

Men at Lunch loses sight of its lede and fumbles away viewer interest. The photo itself says more than this muddled documentary.

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

Whether it merits a feature-length documentary or a slot on PBS, I'm not sure.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News


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Leonard Maltin

Few New York City photos are as familiar or evocative as the one that inspired the documentary "Men At Lunch."

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Chris Buckle
The Skinny

While some interviewees proffer genuine insights worth pondering, these can't balance the film's wayward focus and runaway aggrandisement.

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For the record, watching a documentary try and describe New York City while watching it within the city limits is sort of odd but at least we get said… More