Lunchbox movie reviews

Here are the movie reviews for 'The Lunchbox':

Ratings:5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: Masand's Verdict (CNN IBN: IBNLive)

I'm going with five out of five for 'The Lunchbox'. The greatest love stories are the ones that make you root for the protagonists to come together, despite their destinies. This film illustrates how love transforms the unlikeliest of people; it breaks down Saajan's walls and gives Ila the courage to fly. Treat yourself to 'The Lunchbox' - it'll leave you with a craving to seek your own little happiness. The best film I've seen in a long time.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World ( Hindustan Times)

The Lunchbox is my favorite love story of the year. It’s sweet, sad and deeply aching. Debutant director Ritesh Batra captures the fragility of life, the harrowing loneliness that a metropolis like Mumbai fosters, the hope of happiness that glimmers and enables us to go on. The Lunchbox is poignant and powerful. It will make you laugh and cry. And it will also make you hungry – I was dying to eat paneer kofta and bhindi when it finished. I’m going with four stars and absolutely insisting that you see it.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama

A well-told old-fashioned romance, THE LUNCHBOX gracefully unknots the trials, tribulations, fears and hopes of everyday people sans the glamour that the city of Mumbai has become synonymous with. On the whole, THE LUNCHBOX is a standout film, a sumptuous treat that's sure to be relished by connoisseurs of cinema. A film with a big heart, it makes you realize that you can unearth contentment and pleasure even if you board the wrong train. Easily one of the finest films to come out of India.

Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India (TOI)

The Lunchbox has levels - it is the story of a man so lonely, he's forgotten what any companionship means. It is the story of a suburban housewife, deeply alone. It is the story of meeting via eating. It is a love-story - and a love-letter to Mumbai, to trains that go dhak-dhak, to dabbawalas and rain, to love and life, sugar and spice, the despair and hope that mark every heart.Its finesse qualifies this charmer as India's potential entry to the Oscars, The Lunchbox an unusual banquet, raising a bitter-sweet toast to life. Note: You may not like this movie if you don't like softly spiced whimsical tales - or food.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV

It is a unique piece of cinema crafted with great dexterity and attention to detail. A strikingly original, idiosyncratic and charming love story, The Lunchbox dismantles the established structures of the genre in ways that are at once startling and effective.It isn’t just the life of the male protagonist that it touches.Gorge into it and savour its lingering aftertaste. The Lunchbox holds riches that aren’t likely to be forgotten in a hurry.

Ratings:5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror

Could a simple lunchbox and its contents change lives? One of the best films to come out of India in a long time, director Ritesh Batra answers the question in his little masterpiece, The Lunchbox. I watched The Lunchbox twice over a few months and can testify that it has a high repeat quotient, the final confirmation that was required for a perfect rating. There's buzz of an Oscar selection in the Best Foreign Language Film category. India will be hard-pressed to find a more deserving nominee.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Harshada Rege Site:DNA

Indian cinema ought to be proud of moments like these. But beyond the adulation of the world press, the best thing about this bittersweet movie is its desi flavour that gives it a universal appeal. This one may not please those looking for a masala flick, but is more than your money's worth. But ensure that you eat well before you head for the movie, or else be prepared to deal with the hunger pangs everytime Irrfan opens The Lunchbox.

Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

What’s Good: The film is an utter culinary and cinematic delight ladled up with the right amounts of love and warmth. What’s Bad: Nothing. Watch or Not?: The Lunchbox within the first few minutes made its way into the cockles of my heart. Elegantly done, the film conjures a connoisseur variety of cinema where love and romance are stretched beyond the contours marked out by epic Bollywood romances. The love here has so much tenderness, eulogizes companionship of two very unlikely people who are drawn close over notes exchanged via a lunchbox, which almost builds up as a character in their story. Films like these are gratifyingly piquant and should definitely not be missed!

Ratings:5/5 Review By: Saurabh Dwivedi Site:India Today

The trailer might have you thinking it's a love story but it's much more than just that. In case you're looking for a paisa vasool family movie, this is not one to miss. 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. A highly recommended movie, that leaves you with a running film reel in your head, and a need to have have delicious food.

Ratings:5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

Batra, who has also written The Lunchbox, has allowed his smashing actors tremendous room to improvise, all the while himself sketching in nuanced details about the city, its food-ferriers, and the many disparities Mumbai is crammed with. It is a film of multiple pleasures -- small ones and overwhelming ones and exquisitely crafted ones -- layered one on top of the other, with something for everyone, and so, so much for the cinematic glutton. Like the dabbawalas he loves, this director delivers.

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

If it hadn't been for the occasional flatness, and a couple of predictable notes, there would have been no flaws in this dabba. I also found Ila's mother's (Lillete Dubey) segment, included solely to underline another kind of vacantness, a little forced. But these are tiny niggles in this film that gets the rest of it so right. Batra's characters are a delight. They may be of Mumbai, infused with intense desi flavours, but can inhabit any part of the world. You want to take them home, sit them down at your table, and savour them, one mouthful at a time.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Khalid Mohammed Site:Deccan Chronicle

What stays in the mind at the end of 'The Lunchbox' is pretty much what stays in mind at the end of a memorable set by jazzmen – not their lapses but the heights they scale. Bottomline: Bon appetit! Miss this sumptuous movie, at your own peril.

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I just came back after watching the movie. It was a treat to watch Irrfan and Nawazuddin acting together. Two of the finest actors today - Irrfan and Nawaz.

True he had such straight face comedy timing in that movie...i liked it very much...
Fiza_khan..i guess the movie is saade saath phere...

@not an ABCD - I liked Irfan in a movie opposite Juhi! I cannot remember the name but both acted well thr :) the movie was dumb but their acting was fabulous. His acting skills in comedy was proved in Sunday with Arshad Warsi.

WOW Great reviews !

@sharon_diva yeah i liked his straight faced-smart-ass comic timing in thank you too..though movie was a garbage..:D

Fri, 2013-09-20 00:52 — Splendide
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@Not an ABCD agree with u...i've watched Maqbool and he(Irrfan) was marvellous in it..but i wish he get his due in Bollywood because he's so underrated..
i hope so too..:)

Wow Irfan Khan !

Just the picture of Irfaan and Nawazuddin is enough to get me to watch it. I love movies that just show regular life, how the majority lives.

Fri, 2013-09-20 11:46 — Anonymous
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inspired from premalekha (telugu) , Kadhal Kottai (tamil) , Sirf tum (hindi) ..... critics should watch this original story line first then review this movie.. :D ....Hasini
yap, it's promos reminded me of kadal kottai.

Great reviews, I hope it will be well received by its audience.


inspired from premalekha (telugu) , Kadhal Kottai (tamil) , Sirf tum (hindi) ..... critics should watch this original story line first then review this movie.. :D ....Hasini

Sounds like a must watch movie. I have always like Irfaan Khan's acting...he kind of reminds me of Anupam Kher, another underrated actor. Such actors perform the roles so well that you tend to forget they are performing a character in a movie.

- Vani

i hope this can be at least a HIT xx

wow!! kudos Irfan!! easily the most underrated actor of our time. will definately watch this.

Hearing it's almost a remake of the Sanjay Kapoor film SIRF TUM.

@Not an ABCD agree with u...i've watched Maqbool and he(Irrfan) was marvellous in it..but i wish he get his due in Bollywood because he's so underrated..

Well, i may watch this one as i like these kind of cinema and Nawazudin is one amazing actor...Good Luck on the Box Office

Reading everywhere the film's story is a copy of the 1996 Tamil film Kadhal Kottai which was remade in Hindi as Sirf Tum where people fall in love without meeting. That's disappointing. Was hoping for something really original.


Number once effing post!! Great to see people interested in this type of film (masterpiece) :)

I badly want to see this!!

Ohhhh... I live in London and I am not Indian but like watching good Hindi cinema. But sadly, don't see Lunchbox playing anywhere! Darn! Please release it here as well! This stupid Grand Masti is there. Won't even watch it for free! :-/

Wow!!Irfan Khan,respect!!

I love good cinema.....I wana watch diz

I know that KJo visits PinkVilla.
My request to him : Please make a movie or suggest to your director friends ..... to make a good film with Ranbir n Deepika or Salman and Deepika. It'll be a fresh and good looking pairing.

And yes, I'll watch your Lunch Box film, as the trailer looked very different, simple, earthy and nice.

I will watch this...I loved the trailer and how Nawazuddin says " Good morning siiirrrr" :D

not an ABCD I liked irfan in Thank You too..flop movie but I loved him LOL

Goosebumps while reading this! Been looking forward to this movie for more than a month now..reading the reviews just made me more eager and impatient all at the same sure im gonna love this so muuch!! :)

Thank God there is something to divert the nation's attention from the crass Grand Masti.
Way to go Lunchbox!

I wanna watch this film. Does anyone know when it will release here in the US ? I like films like YJHD, CE, Ram Leela and Student of the year, but also like films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Lunch Box once in a while.

@Fiza_khan true..irfan is a gem..i dont know how many people have watched tigmangshu's haasil or even vishal bharadwaj' maqbool,but he always showed that he is a no nonsense maqbool irfan completely eclipsed country's best actors pankaj kapoor n naseeruddin shah..its a pretty rare thing..from that time onward i knew he is no "mamuli" is so sad that filmmakers didnt use irfan's potential n he didnt get his due from the very beginning of his career..i think we should thank tigmangshu dhulia for making irfan stay in mumbai n for giving him one of the best portrayed on screen negative role in haasil..i so wish this movie crosses 100 crores just to encourage story writers to write good stories n producers who will then have courage to produce these type of movies..
it seems like taran adarsh has learned from his mistakes..even couple of years back he used to give 2 and 2.5 stars to every good movie n 4 n 4.5 stars to every crappy movie..

Awesome reviews! Although I'm not surprised. It's got Irfan and Nawaz. Plus the trailer was amazing.

when will this come to the US. where can i see it. please help.

sad that good films like this dont make money like srk films , looking to watch this

WOW fantabulous! These reviews are amazing... I gotta see this one ASAP!

no comments here...ofcourse who am I kidding?? In a country like India..all people care about some mindless movies like C Express and many others...when LUNCHBOX is clearly a masterpeice ..

as usual Irfan Khan, his great acting and his great movies :) Sad that in a country like India and in an industry like BW, amazing actors like him are never given that much importance! Such an underrated actor!

yet poor irrfan will make 0.00000001% of what SRK makes in one of his mindless movies lol

so she keeps cooking for him, what does he do for her ?

great reviews.will to go for oscar

cool good rating there, way to go Irfan Khan. I wonder why he was never consider a top actor

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