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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36

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  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 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 toIrrfan 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. Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    10
    Very good film. With sensitive humour.
    For a first time film it is very good. Every critics web site give to the film a very good note.
    A true masterpiece.
  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 truly remarkable film that you will regret by passing it up.
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 18, 2014
    80
    Khan in particularly is wonderful in Batra's film, which takes the time to indulge in quiet moments that Khan expertly fills with his expressive face and sense ease in front of a camera.
  2. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Apr 16, 2014
    80
    The Lunchbox is perfectly handled and beautifully acted; a quiet storm of banked emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 9, 2014
    60
    There’s nothing wildly original here, but it’s carried off with charm and wit, and two very enjoyable central performances.