Melissa McCarthy insulted in ‘Identity Thief’ review, ‘Bridesmaids’ director slams review

By Daniel S Levine,

Melissa McCarthy has been singled out by most critics as one of the few good parts of Jason Bateman’s new comedy Identity Thief, but the New York Observer’s Rex Reed had nothing but insults for the Mike & Molly actress. The review is drawing widespread attention and even her Bridesmaids director, Paul Feig, has weighed in.

As we previously reported, Reed’s review called the screenplay “trashy, stupefying,” but reserved most of his text for McCarthy.

He called the actress a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." Reed also refers to her as a “female hippo,” “cacophonous” and “tractor-sized.”

That was in harsh contrast to what other critics said about McCarthy, notes The Huffington Post. For example, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis called her “the movie’s bliss.”

Deadline’s Mike Fleming was disappointed by Reed’s review, as was Feig, who directed her in the film that made her a star.

“For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f**k himself,” Feig tweeted.

The reviews’ commenters were also overwhelmingly negative towards Reed. One called it “seriously offensive” and another asked Reed, “what is wrong with you?”

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