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Identity Thief (15)

Identity Thief (15)

Comedy, Crime

Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

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The critical consensus

Identity Thief isn’t a great comedy in the class of McCarthy's Bridesmaids, but it’s still a decent one; even if the lack of big laughs in Craig Mazin’s script tells, the cheerfully amoral 'stick-it-to-the-man' message papers over the cracks.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 12/03/2013

Seems determined to be a hybrid of Midnight Run and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 21/03/2013

Clever premise, witless execution.

**(*)(*)(*)James White, Empire Online, 18/03/2013

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.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/03/2013

Feeble as comedy, the movie is needlessly violent, too, as if half the crew misguidedly thought they were making a foul-mouthed action thriller.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 22/03/2013

The leads’ chemistry can’t disguise the lack of decent gags; ultimately, their cross-country trip feels as arduous for us as it is for them.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Buckle, The Skinny, 22/03/2013

The real crime here is the waste of comic talent.

**(*)(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 22/03/2013

Cheap laughs, cheap stunts, cheap characters and with absolutely nothing important to say.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 21/03/2013

The film is painfully unfunny, almost literally so.

Philip French, The Observer, 24/03/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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