‘Identity Thief’: How Do Critics Like Jason Bateman And Melissa McCarthy As A Comedic Couple?

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After reading reviews for this weekend’s new comedy, Identity Thief, it’s like the critics challenged each other to a contest of who can come up with the most creative way to dislike the movie.

Bridesmaidsbreakout star, Melissa McCarthy, joins Jason Bateman in director Seth Gordon’s follow-up to Horrible Bosses. In Thief, McCarthy plays a brash woman responsible for stealing the identity of Bateman’s character, Sandy. The two are forced to team-up for the most awkward road trip ever, full of endless jokes aimed at Sandy’s less-than-masculine name.

So is Identity Thief worthy of all this anti-praise? Read on to find out…

Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

“Melissa McCarthy stole big chunks of a great show in the 2011 Bridesmaids… On the strength of that sensational comic turn, she clearly deserved her own starring vehicle. But no one —neither the star nor her audience — deserves Identity Thief, the comedy equivalent of mud-wrestling without the mud.”

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

“[Identity Thief] has the kind of cast that makes audiences ask, ‘How bad could it be?’ before proceeding to answer that very question. Bateman, for his part, tries to inject whatever life he can into the straight-man half of this comedic duo, but it’s yet another film where his gifts are squandered.”

Peter Debruge, Variety

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

Tasha Robinson, The A.V. Club

“Like Horrible Bosses, the previous feature from director Seth Gordon, Identity Thief is essentially a sloppy ’80s character comedy with a sleeker 2013 editing and scripting sensibility. But for all the streamlining, Identity Thief rarely hits breakneck speed, thanks to its long, sometimes improvised scenes of mayhem. And the frame isn’t the only thing pared down to utilitarian basics: The tacked-on, Elmore Leonard-esque villains get short shrift too.”

Roger Moore, Movie Nation

“[The filmmakers] aimed for Midnight Run, settled for attempting Due Date, and wound up with Guilt Trip.”

Still on the fence about seeing Identity Thief? Watch the trailer, then let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section below.

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