Identity Thief (2013)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Conrad, Craig Mazin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
Box Office: $134.5M
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as Sandy Patterson

as Harold Cornish

as Jessie Patterson

as Trish Patterson

as Detective Reilly

as Daniel Casey

as Skiptracer

as Big Chuck

as Bartender

as Party Guy

as Party Guy

as Party Guy's Buddy

as Tequila Guy

as Winter Park Cop

as Winter Park Cop

as Booking Officer

as Franny Patterson

as Secretary at Promine...

as Cosmetics Girl

as Cosmetics Girl

as Electonics Store Emp...

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as Cellphone Kiosk Sale...

as Luis the Gas Station...

as Cop Giving Traffic T...

as New Catalyst Recepti...

as Arlene in the Lady's...

as Tony/Motel Desk Cler...

as Counter Girl

as Witness on the Highw...

as Traffic Cop

as Carl/Bus Station Att...

as Used Car Salesman

as Security Guard - Pro...

as Ken Talbott

as St. Louis Terrace Cl...

as St. Louis Terrace Ma...

as Salon Salesperson

as Salon Salesperson

as Hairdresser

as St. Louis Cop

as St. Louis Cop

as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Identity Thief

All Critics (162) | Top Critics (42)

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

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Top Critic

...suffers from an often unwatchable first half that admittedly does give way to a passable final stretch...

Full Review… | March 17, 2015
Reel Film Reviews

...utterly confused over what to do with McCarthy as a physical comedienne.

Full Review… | June 24, 2014

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

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2013
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.

Full Review… | October 9, 2013

Audience Reviews for Identity Thief


Although I really enjoy MM and JB and think they are some of the funnier people in movies today, I just couldn't bring myself to love this movie or even like it that much. Most of the funny scenes have been showed in the TV previews so their wasn't anything left to find humorous. Disappointing really. It's really one of those films that will be a hit or miss for people. Unfortunately it was a miss for me.


Super Reviewer

A genuine surprise, it's a smart, fun and unexpectedly great comedy. An outrageously enjoyable buddy-comedy that is in the old tradition of films like Midnight Run and Due Date. A really funny and very entertaining movie. The cast is absolutely terrific. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are surprising comic gold, they have wonderful chemistry, surprising affection and great character development that makes this film work more.

Al S

Super Reviewer

An accounts rep living in Denver named Sandy Bigelow Patterson goes on a cross-country trip to reclaim his life after his identity is stolen by a wily con artist lady in Florida named Diana who happens to be wanted by both a skip tracer (bounty hunter) and two hired thugs working for a drug dealer she scammed in this supposed comedy by the guy who made Horrible Bosses.

Right off the bat, this film is basically a cross between Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and (I presume) Midnight Run. For really dumb reasons, Sandy has to bring Diana back to Denver himself, and within 5 days, as the cops apparently aren't able to.

I love road trip movies, but this is just awful. It's not funny, overlong, has a plot that really doesn't work, and tries to have a sappy, heartfelt ending that also fails to work.

I think the only thing I really was amused by was the fact that McCarthy's character has a habit of punching people in the throat. Unfortunately she does this multiple times, so it starts to lose it's humor after a while.

I really love this cast. I mean there's Jason Bateman as Sandy, Melissa McCarthy as Diana, Amanda Peet, John Cho, Jon Fsvreau, and Robert Patrick among others in various roles, but unfortunately none of them are able to save this. I really wish we got more of Patrick as the skip tracer. He was awesome, and, along with the throat punching, the only reason I forced myself to sit through the while thing.

This is an unfunny film that is quite obnoxious at times. The character of Diana is rather schizophrenic at times with how she constantly shifts between trying to grow and change as a person, and being a shocking loathsome and irresponsible consumer who doesn't care about the damage she's causing. Which makes me really not care about the ending, as it feels too forced and quite false.

All in all, this really is a piece of crap. I was hoping it might have been better than people said, but no, it really does suck. AVOID.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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