Mail Order Wife

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User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3

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  1. ChadS.
    Apr 23, 2006
    8
    When you recommend "Mail Order Wife" to friends, let them make the discovery about the film's ruse. If you do, some of the creepy fun from Lichi's first marriage will be lost. Before "Mail Order Wife" lapses into broad farce, early scenes in which the husband exploits Lichi into domestic servitude are uncannily believable. Things get silly, but you can never accuse the When you recommend "Mail Order Wife" to friends, let them make the discovery about the film's ruse. If you do, some of the creepy fun from Lichi's first marriage will be lost. Before "Mail Order Wife" lapses into broad farce, early scenes in which the husband exploits Lichi into domestic servitude are uncannily believable. Things get silly, but you can never accuse the filmmakers of being uninspired. Collapse
  2. LeslieK.
    Nov 21, 2005
    8
    Funny, well crafted, with excellent performances across the board, this film stands as a more than respectable example of the mockumentary genre.
  3. MarcK.
    Nov 18, 2005
    5
    Not bad. Interesting plot. VERY dark comedy. Eugenia Yuan does a great job as "Lichi."
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 60
    Botko and Gurland's bleak and caustic comedy gets off to a slow start and struggles to overcome the handicap of having three main characters who are, by design, highly unpleasant individuals.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    40
    This black comedy on the making of a documentary about mail-order wives finally breaks down under the weight of its twists and turns, but mostly maintains a creepy fascination with its scuzzy characters.
  3. 30
    Less a film, more a series of ragtag gags.