Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 1, 2014
    100
    Kaur and Khan, who was robbed of a IIFA nod, scarcely share a frame of The Lunchbox, yet the emotional connection of their characters is palpable.
  2. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 27, 2014
    90
    One thing that makes Lunchbox so strong is that a touch of melancholy hangs over its sweetness. Finally this is a film about the wheel of life, about what helps us cope with its turns and find our way in its unforgiving labyrinth.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 20, 2014
    88
    The Lunchbox isn’t an example of bravura moviemaking or cutting-edge style but simply a tale told with intelligence, restraint, and respect.
  4. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Mar 7, 2014
    88
    The Lunchbox,” Indian director Ritesh Batra’s debut, is a witty and perceptive film that reveals the hopes, sorrows and regrets of ordinary people.
  5. 88
    It’s an intimate, quiet and slow-paced romance, a simple, richly rewarding movie in the classic style of India’s greatest filmmaker, the late Satyajit Ray.
  6. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Mar 27, 2014
    83
    A crowd-pleasing import that would leave only the most steadfast curmudgeon unmoved.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 28, 2014
    83
    The Lunchbox, the debut feature from Indian director Ritesh Batra, has such a sweet premise that I sincerely hope it doesn’t get remade with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Mar 8, 2014
    10
    Irrfan plays an accountant named Saajan Fernandez, based in Mumbai, who has been working day and night for years on files that now line hisIrrfan plays an accountant named Saajan Fernandez, based in Mumbai, who has been working day and night for years on files that now line his desk in hordes. His life is essentially as dry as the pencil lines he draws on paper while managing numbers. Having food from a restaurant during the lunch break; having a cigarette right before getting on the Mumbai local after work; reaching home to packed food from a restaurant, again; and finally smoking one more time before calling it a day - are things that Fernandez's day from the start to finish. Until one day, he gets a lunch box which is not his. A little mix-up leaves him with a lunch box packed with homemade food. One can tell. Nimrat Kaur plays Ila, a housewife and a mother. She cooks scrumptuous dishes that she hope will revive the magic between her husband and her. Only one day she realises the lunch box didn't reach her husband. And, so, begins the ritual of little notes resting atop a pile of 'rotis' in the lunch box. New hope - that holds a secret promise - springs up in both Fernandez's and Ila's lives. What ensues between these two characters is something that can't be given a tag - the relationship is too delicate for that to happen. It's almost as if the movie never ends. You walk out of the movie hall and the film continues with you. How it ends changes with your life experience. The Lunchbox is the best indian movie of the year. A sweet and absorbing drama from start to finish. Full Review »
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    Ritesh Batra's heartwarming solo endeavor 'The Lunchbox' is a powerfully acted, delicious dish sweetly served through an absorbing,Ritesh Batra's heartwarming solo endeavor 'The Lunchbox' is a powerfully acted, delicious dish sweetly served through an absorbing, small-scale tale that feels gleefully old-school. Full Review »
  3. Oct 29, 2014
    9
    An amazing tale that shouldn't be missed. The type of movie that will compromise your emotions and forget your watching a movie. A trulyAn amazing tale that shouldn't be missed. The type of movie that will compromise your emotions and forget your watching a movie. A truly remarkable film that you will regret by passing it up. Full Review »