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75
Slant Magazine
Melissa McCarthy is riveting in simply-penned moments of remorse and confession, adding tearful depth to her ace timing and formidable physical comedy.
67
The fault, I think, isn't in our stars but in the script, running up a huge comedy tab the likable players can't pay off.
58
Identity Thief establishes its priorities: Expansive character business is front and center; actual character-building is in the margins, almost off the map.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
With Melissa McCarthy playing a one-woman demolition team who, for 95 percent of the running time, is a genuine affront to nature, there are unavoidably some laughs here, although the gifted comic actor got more of them in less screen time in her previous films than she does in this starring role.
50
With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material.
50
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.
40
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.
40
Village Voice
McCarthy gets bashed about like a Stooge, and she bashes back with riotous abandon. Sadly, the rest of the movie is a shambles. So, let it be said, this one time only: Here is a comedy that really could use more inter-gender violence.
40
The film is ultimately unsatisfying, not as laugh-out-loud funny as it promises to be in the opening.
25
Identity Thief is so bad it’s hard to believe it wasn’t directed by Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers.

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