Sandy Patterson ( Jason Bateman) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment, and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice in Colorado. But keeping tabs on the other Sandy ( Melissa McCarthy) and run-ins with bounty hunters, is harder than he was expecting, and ultimately the cross-country trip is going to find both Sandys learning life tips from one another.









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Release date: Feb 8, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated R for sexual content and language
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Runtime: 111 min
Movie Reviews:
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    Entertainment Weekly - by Lisa Schwarzbaum
    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. more

  • 63
    New York Post - by Kyle Smith
    Funny and promising as the first act is, the entire second act is pretty awful, as the script chucks in one tiresome, unlikely gag after another. ...

  • 63
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    McCarthy delivers the moment of pathos in a totally different voice, tears staining her puffy face, as feelings awfully real and tainted in tragedy bubble up from deep within the comic persona. It’s startling, it’s wholly incongruous, yet it’s undeniably moving. God, how this woman can act and, within the brief frames of that different film, how we long to see the rest of it. more

  • 63
    USA Today - by Scott Bowles
    Preposterous, goofy and a clear ripoff of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Identity still 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. more

  • 63
    Charlotte Observer - by Lawrence Toppman
    The dialogue in Craig Mazin’s script crackles at its best, and the supporting characters (led by Robert Patrick as a grizzled skip chaser) have bizarrely funny moments. more

  • 60
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    The heart of this film is on the road with Bateman and McCarthy. If not for their brilliance, Identity Thief would be running on empty. ...

  • 60
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    As is the case with other unsatisfactory diversions, it is entirely possible to ignore the worst parts of this movie, to drift along during the lulls, slide over the half-baked jokes and just wait for Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Bateman to do their things. ...

  • 58
    Tampa Bay Times - by Steve Persall
    Identity Thief is a road movie with its creative lanes clogged, and a Mack truck comedian barreling through, anyway. ...

  • 50
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    Identity Thief is funny enough, but it needed to be darker, raunchier, and crazier to live up to the promise of its casting. more

  • 50
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    While the filmmakers might have shot for "Midnight Run," but settled for "Due Date," they wound up only achieving "Guilt Trip." Identity Thief is sputtering long before that mid-movie moment when it turns all sentimental and goes off the rails. more

  • 50
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    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. ...

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    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. more

  • 50
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    With Identity Thief, Melissa McCarthy proves she's got what it takes to carry a feature, however meager the underlying material. ...

  • 45
    NPR - by Bob Mondello
    Such a catalog of missed opportunities, it probably makes sense just to list them. ...

  • 42 - by Stephanie Zacharek
    Watching Identity Thief will steal nearly two hours of your life that you’ll never get back. It takes far more than it gives. more

  • 40
    Empire - by James White
    Clever premise, witless execution. more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Ken McIntyre
    Melissa McCarthy’s over-the-top performance as a low-rung grifter enlivens what is otherwise a groan-worthy odd-couple comedy. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Elizabeth Weitzman
    The ensuing road trip should be hilariously chaotic, a classic misadventure between two ill-matched travelers. Instead of “Midnight Run,” though, we get another gloss on the recent “Guilt Trip,” in which the concept is all that counts. more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    Everyone would have been better off if the editors had just cobbled together a 90-minute blooper reel and called it a day. ...

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    The film is ultimately unsatisfying, not as laugh-out-loud funny as it promises to be in the opening. more

  • 40
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    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. ...

  • 38
    Chicago Tribune - by Michael Phillips
    Gordon is lost, and his style of shooting - telescopic close-ups, which never give us enough space to appreciate the performers - feels wrong for comedy. more

  • 38
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    Suffering through this felonious farce could only inspire a prison riot. more

  • 30
    Time - by Mary Pols
    It’s just a movie, with a dramatic arc that’s supposed to make all that mean stuff drift away into the ether as friendship is born, but it’s that look that hangs around like a bad smell. more

  • 30
    Slate - by Dana Stevens
    It would be easier to forgive Identity Thief its overfamiliar comic setups and shameless gag-recycling if the movie’s second half didn’t make such an abrupt about-face from soliciting our revulsion to begging for our pity. more

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    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    Unfunny, predictable, and vulgar, it’s the generic equivalent of a Judd Apatow movie. As always, you get what you pay for. more

  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Identity Thief is not only not funny. It's negative funny. It's short on laughs, but it will disturb and annoy. more

  • 25
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    McCarthy’s willingness to go to the mat notwithstanding, it’s viewers who are likely left feeling punched in the gut. ...

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    With long stretches (we're talking 20-30 minutes) without a single guffaw, Identity Thief is aggressively dull, and will joylessly steal two hours of your life that you will never get back. more

  • 25
    Portland Oregonian - by M. E. Russell
    The deadly dull action-comedy Identity Thief is an infuriating waste of time, on all sides of camera and screen. I did not know I could yawn angrily. This movie somehow proved it possible. more

  • 25
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    Identity Thief is so bad it’s hard to believe it wasn’t directed by Judd Apatow or the Farrelly Brothers. more

  • 0 - by Andrew O'Hehir
    Identity Thief reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy. more

  • 0
    Christian Science Monitor - by Peter Rainer
    I squirmed in my seat throughout Identity Thief, a colossally unfunny and misguided comedy. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    Identity Thief features the kind of ‘humour’ which says you don’t just hit a person once, you should do it repeatedly to make it funnier.