Mail Order Wife
Mail Order Wife (2005)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Unpredictable and hugely entertaining.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Chris Cabin

has a knack for sniffing out our dark areas without pity

Ned Martel
New York Times

Strange, often silly mockumentary.

Ronnie Scheib

Finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A movie that rewards your intelligence and curiosity.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It took gifted hucksters to make this movie.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Captures the conventions and pretensions of fly-on-the-wall docus with wicked accuracy.

Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

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

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