NEW YORK OBSERVER FILM CRITIC CALLS MELISSA MCCARTHY 'TRACTOR-SIZED HIPPO' IN 'IDENTITY THIEF' REVIEW

February 8, 2013, 9:33 am

Let's be honest here. Not everyone is going to love every single film they ever watch. And with the rate of bad, formulaic comedies on the rise, reviews bagging these films out are often just. But is it fair to criticise a film's star based on what they look like?

Related: Watch the trailer for 'Identity Thief'


One of the New York Observer's longest-serving film critics, Rex Reed, has made his film review of 'Identity Thief,' starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman a scathing, personal attack.

Read the full scathing review here

He starts out by calling the screenplay "trashy and stupefying," before moving onto a blow-by-blow description of what's wrong with film's plot, referring to it as a "chunk of junk."

Melissa McCarthy (r) with 'Identity Thief' co-star Jason Bateman at the Los Angeles premiere on February 4. Credit: Getty Images

While the review language is harsh (we're not saying it isn't entirely true), it's Reed's personal attack on lead actress Melissa McCarthy that is most astounding. He refers to her as "tractor-sized" in one sentence before going on to describe her as a "female hippo" in another.

And just in case anyone missed the point of his vicious attack on Melissa, he let loose with one final slaying.

"Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success."

Ouch.

Related: Celebs better curvy or thin?

Idenitity Thief is in local cinemas on April 4.

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  1. A.J.10:56am Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Mr. Reed, You need to stick to critiquing movies and not go after people personally. Your personal attacks about Melissa make me sick. Nobody criticizes you on the fact that you are gay. You are a waste of my time.

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  2. D.D.12:26pm Saturday 09th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    She must be an Aussie;Chrissie Swans Sister ...........YYYYYYYYYaaaaaaaaakkkkkkkk same Fat PIG

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  3. Roger and08:08am Saturday 09th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The Tommy - arrogant boor. (look it up) Mind you the real intention of this "offended" op ed of this piece comes with linking the story to "Stars Who Have Lost Weight" Sorry but until the MINORITY of scrawny people who get ridiculous amounts of preferential treatment become the ruling junta here, leave people alone. So weight should count more than talent. Hell this woman has made it despite her weight not because of it you talentless hack. And anyone who calls themselves THE anything sounds like they ooze guido and no great loss to fat women everywhere.

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  4. Jason 2910:48pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I watched the trailer and it didn't really do much for me and we all know that the trailer is supposed to show the best bits to get bums on seats,but in saying that when I watched the trailer and saw Melissa ,she actually looked as if she had lost some weight,so this critic who is slagging her off due to her physical size ,I don't know who he is ,never heard of him ,but straight away I think he is a sad,pathetic and mean person who needs to have a good look at himself and then give a honest critique of his flaws and short comings and put it out there for the world to see

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  5. Ghost Hunter09:58pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    OK girls - gather around, stop you chubby trotters and join Maelissa's mating call. All together now - - One - Two - Three - - - " GRUNT - SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE - GRUNT - GRUNT ! Feel better now do you ??? :-P

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  6. Jazzer08:30pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    You are so ignorant marco

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  7. The Tommy08:21pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hypocrites! atleast he had the guts to say what we all think about fat people!

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  8. M06:45pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a disgraceful, unprofessional review of a film! He is either just plain jealous or Melissa must've brushed him aside once when he tried to interview her because he is clearly ticked off at her for something. This idiot has no idea, he needs to go a get a new job and leave journalism up to those who actually have a clue.

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  9. Michelle06:20pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a wonderful actress and comedian...can't wait for the movie to be released, seen some previews and it is hilarious. People should not comment on people unless they know all the facts. Maybe she has some medical problem making it difficult to lose weight (who knows), anyway how insensitive calling someone a "tractor sized hippo" would they be so critical if she were anorexic ?

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  10. Cassie04:55pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Really like Melissa, she's a terrific actress. Look forward to seeing the movie.

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