• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Seth Gordon
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 4, 2013
  • Universal Pictures

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Identity Thief Reviews

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Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: D+

February 6, 2014
Wesley Morris
Grantland

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

Full Review Source: Grantland

January 3, 2014
James Luxford
The National

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

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2013
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 1/5

October 9, 2013

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.

Full Review Source: Twitch

July 13, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

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.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2/5

July 10, 2013
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

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.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

June 12, 2013
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2/4

June 7, 2013
John Serba
MLive.com

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

Full Review Source: MLive.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 5, 2013
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

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.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B

April 25, 2013

...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.

Full Review Source: Rip It Up | Original Score: 2/5

April 14, 2013

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.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 12, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 0.5/5

April 11, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 2/5

April 8, 2013
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B-

April 7, 2013
Michael Simms
FILMINK (Australia)

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

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

April 4, 2013
Matt Neal
The Standard

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.

Full Review Source: The Standard | Original Score: 2/5

April 4, 2013
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 29, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Identity Thief features the kind of 'humour' which says you don't just hit a person once, you should do it repeatedly to make it funnier.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 1/5

March 27, 2013
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