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The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Actors: Ashton Kutcher , Dermot Mulroney , Amanda Crew , James Woods , Josh Gad , Matthew Modine , Lukas Haas , J.K. Simmons , Ron Eldard , Elden Henson
Directors: Joshua Michael Stern
Release: 2013-08-16
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  • Joe Neumaier

    Entertaining and smart, with a great, career 2.0 performance from Ashton Kutcher.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The ironic thrust of the movie is that Jobs' humanity is there in that perfectionistic insanity. He pushes and pushes to make home computers more and more appealing, accessible, and user-friendly, and that's his great gift to the world.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    It’s a competently made, traditional biopic about a man who disdained those terms.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Jobs is a just-the-facts - and fiddling-with-the-facts - dramatization, forgoing any kind of deeper psychological exploration of the man and his motivations, his demons and dreams.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s superficial, but that plays into the hands of the film’s star, Ashton Kutcher.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Kutcher finds compassion without going for anything so cheap as an explanation for Jobs's bad behavior; it's a wily, understated performance.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The problem is that the film gets too wrapped up in the myth to tell an effective behind-the-scenes tale.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    He was a charismatic leader and the greatest salesman the industry ever saw. He also was a very vocal spokesman for the graying counterculture -- crediting his high-tech success to Zen Buddhism, Dylan songs and acid trips.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Justin Lowe

    The filmmakers do fall into the trap of overly sentimentalizing a widely beloved public figure who represents an enormous cultural significance. At the same time, however, they keep the movie frequently engaging.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    The movie is constantly at war with attempts to provide an honest portrayal, almost as if its subject were reaching beyond the grave to steer any negativity back in the direction of a hagiography.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    So the principal point of controversy involved here is not Jobs himself, but Ashton Kutcher, who plays him. The actor's approach is to ape Jobs' speech and movements, which he does quite well. Whether mimicry qualifies as characterization is a question for Jobs' viewers to answer for themselves.

    NPR Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    "Compelling" is a word one could apply to Jobs - he was a magnetic figure - but it doesn't describe this movie. "Average" might even be a stretch, and that's something of an insult to the man whose story it tells.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Save for a few references of being abandoned by his birth parents and adopted later, the source of Jobs's jerky behavior never is revealed. Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    If Jobs had been a producer on Jobs, he would have sent it back to the lab for a redesign.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    If one were to compare this film to one of Jobs’s own products, it would be more like the Cube than the iPod.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    At its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Kutcher, whose acting chops haven’t been tested in all those pretty-boy lead roles, was a welcome surprise. His movie-star glow distracts, but there is a strong physical resemblance. Moreover, he’s got many of Jobs’ mannerisms down cold, from that T Rex–like walk to the fingers that fan the air and the yoga-style postures left over from his bohemian youth. It’s a good impression, but Jobs itself is all too impressionistic.

    Time Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    One thing it doesn't do is offer a revealing look at the mercurial entrepreneur. The movie that bears his name settles on a blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Jobs is a one-man show that needed to go for broke and doesn't. My guess is that Jobs would give it a swat.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Jobs works much better as a history of Apple than it does as a portrait of the genius who dreamed it up.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The dialogue comes straight out of "The Benny Goodman Story." That look, someone says to a staring, pausing Kutcher, "tells me you're on to something big." Nobody talks in this movie; everyone speechifies or take turns sloganing one another to death.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kyle Ryan

    For (nearly) every yin of Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs flashing a moment of brilliance, there’s a yang of someone saying he’s changed or is his own worst enemy. The unwritten, but understood, full title of Joshua Michael Stern’s film is "Jobs: Brilliant Asshole."

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    If it weren’t for his voice, Kutcher would have been the ideal choice to star in Jobs, a well-meant but ultimately unsurprising biopic.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Ultimately, Jobs is a prosaic but not unaffecting tribute to the virtues of defiance, nonconformity, artistry, beauty, craftsmanship, imagination and innovation, qualities it only intermittently reflects as a piece of filmmaking.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Jobs the movie isn't as fascinating as Jobs the man, much less the myth of entrepreneurial superiority he left behind.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It fails to rise above the inherent limitations of the traditional Hollywood biopic and it's about as insanely great as a Mac "low cost" LC model – which was, to be fair, pretty cool.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Fear

    The film thankfully doesn’t offer some pop-psychology Rosebud to explain Jobs’s drive or near-sociopathic perfectionism, yet we walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    It’s bloated, overwrought, and nakedly sentimental, a sappy and cliched celebration instead of a searching and incisive exploration.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Ed Gibbs

    This is far from the bomb some would have envisaged, but neither is it the character illumination one would wish for. Jobs appears so consumed by his work here that little else mattered in his life. That may be true, but we're left none the wiser as to what made the man tick, beyond what we already know.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Jobs amounts to, at best, a Cliffs Notes version of the man’s early life. If you want the real story, you’ll have to read Walter Isaacson’s fascinating 2011 biography, which would make a much better film than this one.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The film is so thick with Jobs’s career highlights and lowlights that there’s little room for insights.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The Great Man theory of history that’s recycled in this movie is inevitably unsatisfying, but never more so when the figure at the center remains as opaque as Jobs does here.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    There was a time when the slack storytelling, stock characterizations and general by-the-numbers feeling of the film could be put into perspective by saying it seemed like a TV biopic. But even TV movies are done with more verve than this these days.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sebastian Doggart

    Where the film completely falls down is in director Joshua Michael Stern’s disastrous decision to cast Ashton Kutcher in the central role.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Steered by a lead actor and director, Joshua Michael Stern, who are both way out of their respective leagues, Jobs is excruciating, failing to entertain and all but pissing on its subject's grave.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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