The Grade Book: “Identity Thief”

Identity Thief

Plot: A man confronts a woman who has stolen his identity. 

Director: Seth Gordon.

Writer: Craig Mazin.

Cast: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, and Jon Favreau.

Genres: Comedy, Crime.

Running Time: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Identity Thief is a lazy comedy that wastes the talents of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B-

It has a predictable storyline with many sappy and generic moments. But the silly physical gags, funny one-liners, and likable performances from McCarthy and Bateman make it worth a look.

  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: D

Jason Bateman is likeable as ever, but he and Melissa McCarthy can’t overcome the tremendously lazy, derivative script that is full of lame jokes that feel like they were carbon copied off of other popular comedies of the past few years. Furthermore, the film is almost thirty minutes too long and it can’t decide at points whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama. I chuckled three times at the most, and that certainly isn’t enough to suffice a good comedy.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: D-

At first I really kinda liked it. Then after 30 minutes, it started to outstay its welcome. Then it did something to become so insulting. It tacked on a heart that felt so phony. One of the worst of the year and I hate saying this cause I love the work of Melissa and Jason.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: D

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy try their hardest but they can’t save this boring, unfunny mess. The movie constantly forgets it’s a comedy then tries to add in this fabricated drama to make you feel bad for McCarthy’s character and fails miserably. Even if you like the stars, this movie can’t be recommended; it’s simply not funny.

  • Nick Iacobucci:

Grade: D

Identity Thief is an on-the-road comedy that makes you wish that your car has four flat tires and a cracked engine block…and that would still be more fun than this movie.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: D

While not as bad as I originally anticipated, Identity Thief is a far cry from a good film. Jason Bateman tries his best to get the most out of his performance, but the idiotic script and the over the top performance by Melissa McCarthy just made me shake my head with disgust. The main issue with the film is simply the poor screenplay, which has its own identity issues. The film often tries to be dramatic but fails miserably. It also has issues with character development and making the audience feel for characters that aren’t likable. While Identity Thief does contain a few laughs here and there, the movie as a whole just gets too stupid for its own good. It isn’t the worst comedy of the year, but I still can’t recommend it besides a DVD rental.

  • Steven Merced:

Grade: D+

This movie was an overall huge disappointment. With great comedic actors like Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, you at the very least expect an average comedic movie with some good laughs. To everyone’s unmet expectations, this movie was just a huge letdown with poorly written dialogue, unbelievable moments and very few laugh; this movie does not even come close to great road trip comedies.

  • Austin Putnam:

Grade: C

A funny movie that has some unexpected layers. However, sometimes the movie doesn’t know whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama and it switches between the genres very often. Lots of the jokes were hit or miss, but most were a hit. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman are great together and very good chemistry on screen. The movie is 2 hours, which is too long for a comedy. If it was trimmed down about 20-30 minutes it would’ve been so much better.

  • Christian Ruvalcaba:

Grade: C

I had high hopes this movie would be far better than the trailer. I was really disappointed. There are so many great actors in this film that are not used to their fullest potential. Bateman and McCarthy work well together. However, the material they were given fell flat. A few chuckles here and there but not necessarily the next big comedy.

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