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Veteran film critic Rex Reed of the New York Observer hit below the belt on a personal level when he slammed both Identity Theif and the film’s female lead Melissa McCarthy.
Reed called McCarthy “tractor-sized” and a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
He also wrote in the review that she was male lead Jason Bateman’s “female hippo,” calling her "cacophonous" and “"screeching, humongous creep."
“Poor Jason Bateman,” Reed writes. “How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”
Us Weekly reports that McCarthy, 42, has spoken about her weight before, telling Good Housekeeping last year, "I don't really know why I'm not thinner than I am. I don't really drink soda, I don't have a sweet tooth, and we eat healthfully at home."
She added, “Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give it a single thought. But I am weirdly healthy, so I don't beat myself up about it -- it wouldn't help, and I don't want to pass that on to my girls."
Reed was also unkind about the film, calling it a “movie that threatens never to end.”