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Stanley Ka Dabba Rating: 3.67/5

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  Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Few films have the heartwarming impact of Stanley Ka Dabba, which takes you right back to the wonder years of your school life. Those hushed whispers in the back benches, sharing sandwiches out of each other’s tiffin boxes, ganging up against a cruel teacher…it all comes back to you in a flash, as you sit there watching this film unfold on screen. I’m going with four out of five for director Amole Gupte’s Stanley Ka Dabba. This is a film with the perfect ingredients; made with honesty and a touch of innocence. No wonder it leaves you feeling very rewarded.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

Simplistic, honest and sensitively told, STANLEY KA DABBA takes you back to your school days. It’s unlike any other film you may’ve watched in the past. It’s an uncomplicated film that moves you with its sheer simplicity and unfussiness. Told through the eyes of a 9-year-old kid and filmed extensively inside a classroom, STANLEY KA DABBA moves you on several occasions, especially towards its thought-provoking finale. Here’s a small film with a big heart. A remarkable film with a rock-solid script, this heart-warming experience should not be missed at any cost. A cinematic gem

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia

The beauty of Stanley Ka Dabba lies in its sheer simplicity and authenticity. The film creates a slice of life from the pages of any and every school in big and small town India where kids just want to have fun and teachers want to be the proverbial killjoys. The other highpoint are the sterling performances.Don’t miss this rich and nuanced soul curry for both, the young and adult heart.

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Ratings:5/5 Reviewer:Raja Sen Site:Rediff

It is a delightfully simple story about a young boy, his friends and a schoolteacher who isn’t his greatest fan, and yet, like the finest of children’s tales, it has the power to be just as epic as the children want it to be. Stanley Ka Dabba is special not just because of how evocatively it captures a time we’ve each left behind, but because of the breathtaking confidence it has in its stellar young cast, letting them laugh the cynicism right out of us. It is their film and yet one we gladly take to and seek refuge in. The best, purest film to come out of Hindi cinema in a while, this. Take a bow, Man With No Tiffin. Take a bow while we take off our hats.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Through this slim story, Gupte creates a poignant and piercing portrait of childhood and school days: the bond between friends, the bond children have with teachers, how swiftly and cruelly a child’s imagination can be crushed and how casually brutal adults can be.Let me warn you that Stanley Ka Dabba is slow. In places, the story seems stretched. The climax is predictable and not entirely convincing. But I recommend that you make time for the film. It has an inherent sweetness and honesty that will stay with you long after the film is over.

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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress

Stanley is a young boy who is so life-like that he makes you forget, almost, the fake moppets who recite their lines in sing-song, and behave like no kids you and I know.The delightful flavour that comes off children who are children, not mannequins, is the real triumph of ‘Stanley Ka Dabba’.The big picture is lovely. `Stanley Ka Dabba’ is a heart-warmer that wraps itself securely around you, making you wholly unwilling to let it go.

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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Mayank Shekhar Site:HindustanTimes

It never quite seems that these boys are patiently acting out their assumed parts.This film Stanley ka Dabba, we’re informed, was the result of extensive workshops conducted over weekends at an actual school in Mumbai. It shows. The realism gently, warmly sucks you in. You sit back, sometimes reminisce, mostly observe. The take-home for the viewer is entirely experiential. As with all good experimental films.

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Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA

Amole Gupte shot Stanley Ka Dabba on Saturdays, during five hour-long workshops he conducted with children at a school in Chakala, Mumbai. The budget was minimal, but the determination to tell a good story was supreme. The result is a film you need to not just watch but cherish. The beauty of Stanley Ka Dabba lies in its subtlety. Watch Stanley Ka Dabba as soon as you can. It’ll probably be the best film you’ll be watching for a long time to come.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Kunal Guha Site:Yahoo

‘Stanley ka dabba’ is a deliciously candid and naturalistic portrayal of not just children but also of school teachers.Stanley and his childish ways are initially adorable but get a bit annoying after a while as the entire universe seems to revolve around him. the film is uncomplicated enough to have very little to narrate. But it surely showcases children in their naturally-animated best. They’re not as overtly sardonic as TV sit-com children and not quite as dull as children in most films. But mapping children so meticulously doesn’t necessarily make an interesting watch. Realistic? Yes. Cinematic? May be.  Popcorn? Crunchy!

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