Identity Thief Reviews

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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
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 22, 2013
Without the irrepressible force of comic mayhem that is Melissa McCarthy, road-movie comedy Identity Thief would end up in the ditch. Luckily, the Bridesmaids co-star barrels her way through the plot's stickiest patches.
Eddie Harrison
The List
March 12, 2013
Identity Thief isn't a great comedy in the class of McCarthy's Bridesmaids, but it's still a decent one ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lisa Elin
We Got This Covered
February 27, 2013
Identity Theft is perfectly performed, often wildly funny, and a great movie night option for the not-easily-embarrassed.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
February 21, 2013
[A] funny, though formulaic, mismatched-duo comedy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
February 14, 2013
It's not perfect, but it is a wild 'n' crazy road trip on the lighter side of a topic that, as a lot of folks have discovered, is no laughing matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 12, 2013
Bateman and McCarthy elevate the material to a higher level than it should have.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
February 8, 2013
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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
February 8, 2013
What keeps "Identity Thief" from being totally derailed is (Melissa) McCarthy's performance. She is a wonderful physical comedian who can elicit laughs just by running on a highway.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 8, 2013
[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.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 8, 2013
Chemistry is the reason things click. Actors with the ability to connect their characters to you always overcome a multitude of movie sins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
February 8, 2013
Laugh out loud funny with bravura performances by Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman and a terrific supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
February 8, 2013
Really, this a two-hander that unfolds at two distinctly separate speeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
February 8, 2013
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy make a terrific comedy team in this road trip romp.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 8, 2013
McCarthy is a worthy successor to John Candy, who also had a gift for warming up caricatures with loveable humanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 8, 2013
For a movie that's essentially a gender-scrambled version of Midnight Run, Identity Thief is an amiable rip-off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 7, 2013
For all of its extraneous subplots and contrived scripting [the film's] got one decidedly potent weapon in the form of the fearless dynamo Melissa McCarthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 7, 2013
Its stars, Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, steal so many laughs from such improbable places that the bumps in this revenge/road trip farce can be mostly forgiven, though not forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
February 7, 2013
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 7, 2013
The darkness in this comedy is exactly what makes it work so well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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