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Identity Thief (2013)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 162
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 131

Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline.

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Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 33

Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline.

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Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson"....and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his

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Craig Mazin

Jun 4, 2013

$134.5M

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You don't care enough about these people to want to see them come out on top.

January 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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It saddles Bateman with a thankless uptight straight-man role while heaping serial slapstick ignominies on his co-star, who gamely bounds through everything the script throws at her.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Identity Thief is funny enough, but it needed to be darker, raunchier, and crazier to live up to the promise of its casting.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Even with all its shortcomings and sentimental fudges, there is something about McCarthy's refusal to lie down and play the victim that gives it a comic edge. A blunt edge, to be sure, but an edge all the same.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: CNN.com
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[A] sloppily made exercise of rip-offs and redemption.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

February 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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...utterly confused over what to do with McCarthy as a physical comedienne.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

It's like Midnight Run while at the same time completely missing what makes Midnight Run work. Melissa McCarthy deserves better.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Bateman and McCarthy thrash around in the dark for laughs that never come.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The National
The National

This ugly and rather mean-spirited film, with jokes that are so lowbrow they're totally underfoot, creaks through a number of recycled road trip gags.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The gags mostly grab at low-hanging fruit, frittering away the marvelous potential of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy on an odd-couple road trip.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Twitch

More arduous than raucous, this unfunny, odd-couple road movie wastes both a promising comedy premise and a pair of talented comic performers. Bateman and McCarthy deserve better.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

The natural charisma of the two leads is about the only thing that saves Identity Thief; it's a very generic, very lazy Hollywood comedy.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Very little about Identity Thief is original. After a brief introduction that leads to Sandy and Diana travelling across the country together, viewers are saddled with a story that's essentially a road movie with an Odd Couple twist.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Bateman and McCarthy seem inspired enough to make this janky old jalopy of a story somewhat entertaining, playing to type with a lukewarm script.

June 5, 2013 Full Review Source: MLive.com
MLive.com

Sure, the two leads deserve better material, but there are enough laughs here to make up for a lot of creative mistakes-casting isn't one of them.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

...a yawner plot set-up that leads to lots of wannabe off-colour gags, a small army of pursuing villains and an expected final act in which Jason's icky-sticky niceness might perhaps stop McCarthy from being a shrieking psychopath.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Rip It Up

Formulaic multiplex mulch, way over-long, often feels strained...That said, Identity Thief is the latest example of the disconnect that often exists between critical opinion and popular appeal. Slammed by critics the low-budget film has been a huge hit.

April 12, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Identity Thief molests the idea of the 'odd couple' beyond recognition.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Don't let Identity Thief steal two hours of your life.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The film's darker elements are brushed aside and we're left with a zany, feel-good finale.

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

an unwieldy and unfunny farce that's robbed of comic potential through its reliance on shrill mayhem over wit.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

When the plot feels like you've seen it three times before, and done better on each of those occasions, the movie better have something else going for it. Identity Thief doesn't.

April 4, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

The first thing I did after returning from the screening was take two painkillers for my throbbing headache. A man can only withstand so much shrill shrieking and faux-screwball antics.

April 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

There's probably a funny film buried somewhere deep within this concept of a morally corrupt protagonist, whose compulsion to steal identities finds her facing off with the man whose identity she has stolen, but this isn't it

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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    1. Sandy Patterson: You got hit by a car. Are you even human?
    2. Diana: The trick is to just relax your legs. Read it on Wiki-how.
    – Submitted by Angela T (18 months ago)
    1. Sandy Patterson: You got hit by a car. Are you even human?
    2. Diana: The trick is to just relax your legs. Read it on Wiki-how.
    – Submitted by Angela T (18 months ago)
    1. Diana: What are you, Kenyan?
    – Submitted by Erick T (18 months ago)
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