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: February 28, 2014
DVD 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.

Nick Dent
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Kaur is dark-eyed and engaging and it would have been nice to see her storyline get equal time. Nevertheless, it's a funny, big-hearted film.

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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

Warm, and warmly predictable.

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Rahul Gangwani

To sum it up, The Lunchbox is one of the best films to come out from Hindi film industry. It takes us a notch higher.

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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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Kiva Reardon
Cinema Scope

The film refuses the old adage that all you need is love, rooting both their stories in harsher socio-economic realities. The film is slight, but there's enough there to pique interest in what Barta does next.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A warm, melancholy drama that enchants and moves us even more thanks to the way that its three-dimensional characters reveal so much about themselves between… More
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'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
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
John Ballantine
A wonderful little film that speaks to unlikely connections in the midst of loneliness. Although sentimentalists would likely want a different outcome of… More