Identity Thief Reviews

  • Of the many qualities I adore about Melissa McCarthy as a comedian and as a dramatic actor, the best is how fully she gives herself to every character she plays.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • As is the case with other unsatisfactory diversions, it is entirely possible to ignore the worst parts of this movie, to drift along during the lulls, slide over the half-baked jokes and just wait for Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Bateman to do their things.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • [It] manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • Unfunny, predictable, and vulgar, it's the generic equivalent of a Judd Apatow movie. As always, you get what you pay for.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • McCarthy gets bashed about like a Stooge, and she bashes back with riotous abandon. Sadly, the rest of the movie is a shambles.

    Alan Scherstuhl — Village Voice

  • What success the movie finds is due to the leads' efforts, which are impressively strenuous. They start out with a great premise, and they're clearly ready to run with it. But most of the laughs are stolen right out from under them.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The comedy equivalent of mud-wrestling without the mud.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It wants to be "Midnight Run" meets "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," but it carries little of the dramatic heft and real-world semi-plausibility of those much superior efforts.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Gordon is lost, and his style of shooting - telescopic close-ups, which never give us enough space to appreciate the performers - feels wrong for comedy.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • [Identity Thief] exhausts most of the comic potential from identity theft in the first 20 minutes and then turns into a solid but unexceptional road picture.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • If nothing else, Identity Thief confirms McCarthy's identity in the Hollywood hierarchy: She's a big, ballsy star.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • At best it's perversely interesting as a major misstep for both stars.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The film's few chuckles can be chalked up to the sheer comedic charisma of McCarthy and Bateman.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • It's a deserving subject that should be explored in a more viable film, but Identity Thief is so bad it's hard to believe it wasn't directed by Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • We can forgive the silly setup, without which there can be no film, but like many a road movie, this one has a better start and finish than middle.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • [A] sloppily made exercise of rip-offs and redemption.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Really, this a two-hander that unfolds at two distinctly separate speeds.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Considering that it starts out with two distinctive and likable stars and a reasonably promising premise, "Identity Thief" reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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