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Mail Order Wife

Mail Order Wife (2004)

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63

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 12

The setup for Mail Order Wife is clever, but the movie is only moderately funny, and it stumbles badly in the third act.

60

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

The setup for Mail Order Wife is clever, but the movie is only moderately funny, and it stumbles badly in the third act.

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Movie Info

A movie maker unwittingly gets a bit too involved with his subjects in this darkly comic mockumentary. Andrew (Andrew Gurland) is a documentary filmmaker who wants to make a picture about modern-day mail order marriage. Andrew thinks he's found the perfect subject for his film when he meets Adrian (Adrian Martinez), a stocky snake enthusiast from Queens, NY, who earns his living as a doorman and has never had much luck with women. Adrian wants choose a bride from a professional marriage broker's

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Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland

Oct 4, 2005

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (12) | DVD (6)

Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Strange, often silly mockumentary.

April 2, 2005
New York Times
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It took gifted hucksters to make this movie.

March 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Co-directors Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland, who appear as earnest documentary filmmakers of the same name, pull it off by never winking at the audience or signaling in any fashion that this isn't a true story.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Captures the conventions and pretensions of fly-on-the-wall docus with wicked accuracy.

March 18, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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has a knack for sniffing out our dark areas without pity

October 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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A movie that rewards your intelligence and curiosity.

July 28, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

As a documentary, unethical, disturbing, and completely irresponsible, but as black comedy...

May 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

The film's jokes just aren't that funny.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

You know you're in trouble when baseballer-turned-ratfink Jose Canseco isn't the sleaziest thing in your movie.

May 6, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

A sly skewering of class warfare ... and a pitch-perfect indictment of what idiots men are.

April 27, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Mail Order Wife is a con. A good con, it's true, but like all cons it leaves a sour taste once the trick is revealed.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The filmmakers maintain the illusion of low-budget cinema verite to the extent that audiences may be unsure whether to laugh or shudder...

April 18, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

More an exercise in sustaining a style than a satisfying emotional experience. The men are all self-centered boors, and the women, it turns out, aren't much better. There's nobody in this movie to root for or care about.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Like a Farrelly Brothers movie, Mail Order Wife tries to be both politically correct and incorrect at the same time. The results are entertaining, but may cause uneasy mixed feelings.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A very funny and perfectly creepy study of objectification and romantic obsession.

March 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Freeze Dried Movies
Freeze Dried Movies

Mail Order Wife is astonishingly cruel, and I say that in a good way.

March 13, 2005 Full Review Source: CHUD

Return to sender.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

As for Gurland, well, if this fictional version of himself is at all like the real thing, I'm worried about the guy. But I hope he keeps making movies as gutsy, discomforting and slyly uproarious.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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