Identity Thief

Identity Thief

Identity Thief

Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) stars in this comedy caper as a good-natured Joe forced to hunt down the woman (Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy) who stole his identity - before her shopping spree completely empties his bank accounts. From the director of Horrible Bosses.

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 country. With only one week to hunt down the con-artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.

2013Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes111 minsUSA
Comedy

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Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Director Seth Gordon’s follow-up to Horrible Bosses takes another slight sit-com plot and pumps it to full-length proportions. Sandy (Jason Bateman) travels from Denver to Florida to confront Diana (Melissa McCarthy), who’s stolen his identity and is living it large courtesy of his cash. Thanks to inept police, the stars end up an odd couple on a road trip akin to Planes, Trains and Automobiles – with Bateman in the put-upon straight-man Steve Martin role, and McCarthy a sociopathic version of John Candy. But without a decent script on which to hang their shtick, the pair is too often left floundering.

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Variety

Variety

With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.

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Total Film

Total Film

Melissa McCarthy’s over-the-top performance as a low-rung grifter enlivens what is otherwise a groan-worthy odd-couple comedy.

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Time Out

Time Out

No matter how may times Identity Thief switches tracks, nothing works — it fails as a star vehicle, a recession-era satire, a WTF white-collar-grunt revenge tale, a "Midnight Run"–style buddy flick, a gross-out laughfest and a bathetic tale of broken souls. No amount of stolen guises can fix it.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

As is the case with other unsatisfactory diversions, it is entirely possible to ignore the worst parts of this movie... and just wait for Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Bateman to do their things.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It is reliant on McCarthy's comedy chops and her ability to deliver improv-type character material, but almost every single one of her scenes looks like an outtake.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Its stars steal so many laughs from such improbable places that the bumps in this revenge/road trip farce can be mostly forgiven, though not forgotten.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Another rough comic movie road trip helps give car travel a bad name.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Clever premise, witless execution.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

It wants to be "Midnight Run" meets "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," but it carries little of the dramatic heft and real-world semi-plausibility of those much superior efforts.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Identity Thief establishes its priorities: Expansive character business is front and center; actual character-building is in the margins, almost off the map.

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