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Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    Best of all, we take a trip back to Depression-era New York and grasp its resonance more than 80 years later. Delicious.
  2. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Sep 18, 2013
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 20, 2013
    50
    Cartoonish hyperbole aside, the investigation does have its high points.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 17, 2013
    70
    Given Men at Lunch's compelling argument that the identity of its anonymous ironworker subjects is beside the point—that mystery is a prime facet of its enduring appeal—the documentary's desire to determine who they really were comes across as unnecessary.
  5. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Oct 3, 2013
    60
    Regrettably, Men at Lunch obsesses over disappearing ghosts instead of the records we already have and the history we should know.
  6. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    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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