Identity Thief Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 17, 2015
...suffers from an often unwatchable first half that admittedly does give way to a passable final stretch...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
June 24, 2014
...utterly confused over what to do with McCarthy as a physical comedienne.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It's like Midnight Run while at the same time completely missing what makes Midnight Run work. Melissa McCarthy deserves better.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
You don't care enough about these people to want to see them come out on top.
James Luxford
The National
October 18, 2013
Bateman and McCarthy thrash around in the dark for laughs that never come.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Travis Hopson
October 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
July 13, 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.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
June 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
John Serba
June 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
April 25, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
April 14, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 11, 2013
Identity Thief molests the idea of the 'odd couple' beyond recognition.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
April 8, 2013
Don't let Identity Thief steal two hours of your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 7, 2013
The film's darker elements are brushed aside and we're left with a zany, feel-good finale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael Simms
FILMINK (Australia)
April 4, 2013
an unwieldy and unfunny farce that's robbed of comic potential through its reliance on shrill mayhem over wit.
Matt Neal
The Standard
April 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Miraudo
April 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 29, 2013
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
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