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Rex Reed of The New York Observer made his feelings very clear this week in an Identity Theft review: the critic is not a fan of the comedy.

That’s perfectly reasonable, of course, but Reed is receiving major backlash at the moment due to his personal attack against actress Melissa McCarthy.

In his critique, Reed refers to the star as a “female hippo,” adding that she is “cacophonous” and tractor-sized.”

“Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success,” writes Reed. “Poor Jason Bateman. How did an actor so charming, talented, attractive and versatile get stuck in so much dreck?”

Ouch. Damn. Are these fair criticisms for a movie critic to make? You tell us: Referring to McCarthy’s weight is…