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Jobs (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 88

Critics Consensus: An ambitious but skin-deep portrait of an influential, complex figure, Jobs often has the feel of an over-sentimentalized made-for-TV biopic.

17%
Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 30

Critics Consensus: An ambitious but skin-deep portrait of an influential, complex figure, Jobs often has the feel of an over-sentimentalized made-for-TV biopic.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 39,460

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Movie Info

It only takes one person to start a revolution. The extraordinary story of Steve Jobs, the original innovator and ground-breaking entrepreneur who let nothing stand in the way of greatness. The film tells the epic and turbulent story of Jobs as he blazed a trail that changed technology -- and the world - forever. (c) Official Site

Rating:
PG-13 (for some drug content and brief strong language)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Matt Whiteley
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 26, 2013
Box Office:
$16.1M
Runtime:
Open Road Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Jobs

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (88) | DVD (1)

It's a film whose plea to the audience resembles Jobs' appeal to the crowd in that iPod-unveiling scene: "Believe this is important and exciting," it asks, "because I say so."

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Slate
Top Critic

The irony is that a man who treasured innovation and sleek, stylish design should be the subject of a film that's so bland and bloated.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
ChristyLemire.com
Top Critic

Other than people who are mildly curious about the guy who put the smartphone in their pocket and the tablet computer in their knapsack, I'm not sure who "Jobs" was made for.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Jobs is the equivalent of a feature-length slow clap.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A missed opportunity.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
ReelViews
Top Critic

Like the man it's about, "Jobs" is thin and unassuming, but keeps surprising you with ideas and innovation.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The movie is littered with small details of lore that should make Apple fanatics happy.

Full Review… | January 22, 2014
The Verge

A noble but unworthy effort that will likely disappoint viewers looking for a thoughtful look into the technological genius.

Full Review… | December 23, 2013
Big Hollywood

Matt Whiteley's clumsy script attempts to sync Jobs' personal story with the corporate history of his brand but as any affirmed Android/PC users will gladly tell you, syncing with Apple can be problematic at the best of times.

Full Review… | December 17, 2013
sbs.com.au

This movie would be exponentially better if it were called Twenty-Something Jobs or Jobs, Woz And The First 2 Apples.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
CinemaBlend.com

Ashton Kutcher does a very fine job as Jobs, portraying him less as a technological wizard and more as a business visionary who realised his out-of-the-box ideas by surrounding himself with people who were admittedly more talented than he was.

Full Review… | September 29, 2013

Ashton Kutcher IS Steve Jobs. You have to give Kutcher credit: He studied his character. That he successfully completed his homework is evidenced in 'Jobs,' a biopic of Apple Inc.'s late genius.

Full Review… | September 28, 2013
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

While it may be of interest to some, it's not going to provide any new perspective for those already familiar with Jobs' life.

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
ABC Radio Brisbane

One can see Kutcher acting, valiantly trying oh-so-hard as his every answer to any requirement for emotional intensity unilaterally comes off as merely shrilly raising the volume of his voice.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
TheMovieReport.com

It admittedly feels like something of a missed opportunity, with director, Joshua Michael Stern, often more concerned with checking off bullet points than digging into the complexities of its leading man.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
FILMINK (Australia)

It reminds me of a similar film, 'The Social Network,' which is the better movie, but these two films tell essentially the same story.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

Kutcher bears a striking resemblance to Jobs and manages to embody him in full. It is an often emotional performance that could have very easily been turned into a characterization.

Full Review… | September 7, 2013
MediaMikes

Never really digs deep enough into the brilliant and often enigmatic title character. Begs for a documentary treatment.

Full Review… | September 6, 2013
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This is really a sort of 'Apple begins' movie, with Jobs framed as the unlikely founder of the world's richest company - eventually

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Urban Cinefile

Kutcher is surprisingly good - a little mannered at times - but delivers the essence of the man, or at least the extensively researched character that scriptwriter Matt Whiteley presents

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
Urban Cinefile

You could call this a crowd-pleasing Hollywood ending. You could also call it genocide.

Full Review… | September 1, 2013

jOBS demonstrates the difference between a great impression and an inspired performance.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013
2UE That Movie Show

Many of the creative details are embellished or reduced to montages in favor of a series of inspirational speeches.

Full Review… | August 30, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

Forget by the numbers, this biopic is practically binary in its formulaic creation.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Flicks.co.nz

Jobs feels more like a movie about Apple than the man who founded it.

Full Review… | August 29, 2013
Concrete Playground

Good performance by Kutcher as Steve Jobs but the movie glosses over his life.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
jackiekcooper.com

Audience Reviews for Jobs

Actually, kind of dull. I was interested to see this one, but I found it patchy and not detailed enough. Particularly in his personal life it jumps around an awful lot.
Ashton does an okay job. I'm not his biggest fan, but he pulls it off, particularly in his later years, would actually not have recognized him. He manages to tone the ham right down, thankfully.
It's an okay movie. One to watch once and forget about.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

½

This is quite possibly the most pretentious, and yet most likely truthful, depiction of Steve Jobs. There's definitely a rushed quality to the entire production, since this film came out shortly after Jobs' death, but it still feels like a legitimate bio-pic. Still, its lack of vision shows in its lame performances. The beginning of the film shows a mellow, advantageous Jobs, who doesn't wear shoes and is offered rainbow colored tabs of acid in a country field where he watches the stars. He's a sullen genius who won't get a college degree and yet hangs around Reed College, learning calligraphy and philosophy, which of course makes him a hipster's dream date. As the story speeds along, this sweet faced portrayal morphs, and we meet the contentious Jobs: the obsessive man who used everyone who loved him in order to climb the ladder and become the huge prick he would eventually become. He doesn't give any respect to Apple's founding members, he doesn't acknowledge his daughter, and he acts like everyone around him are idiots. To the movie's credit, that is not the afterglow portrayal of the wunderkind Steve Jobs that everyone was expecting. Though there is that negative view, he is also shown as a genius, smarter than everyone around him, including his own staff. He is also shown to be smarter than his entire board, who only seem to want to make money rather than follow their delusional founder down the rabbit hole. The beginning, which should have been the end, is a flash forward to the Jobs we know now. In the end, we still haven't gotten to that point, and so we end with this ham-fisted version of Jobs, who only seems to care about himself even after a film that tries to show he changed. Though I give applause for the way things were handled, the film was still structured poorly, and everything about this production was pure ham.

FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

At some levels, it works and would have worked, but it fails in the certain cliches that befall too many contemporary, commercialized films. To read the book is better.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

The Man. The Myth. The Polo Sweater. Cult-declared Apple founder Steve Jobs was barely laid to rest before Hollywood initiated the transfer of his life to the silver screen. Sacrilege or not, he won't be turning too askew in his grave. Half a rotation possibly, but it could have been far worse. The depiction of the digital pioneer is, for the most part, serviceable and interesting.

Jobs is played by Ashton "Dude, Where's My Car?" Kutcher, which beforehand felt like a somewhat laughable choice. Something has transpired since his stoner days though. He has grown, even inhabits the role quite well, despite a strange, remarkably forced adoption of Jobs' peculiar walking style. Kutcher is moreover a striking look-a-like.

The worm in the apple is not the acting, but the shallowness in the portrayal. The film reflects many facets of its titular figure - the passion, the egomania, the dictatorial tendencies - but rather gives the impression of a list being checked off than an inspired study of a complex visionary soul. The college years are diddled away. The family subjects barely paid a thought. At the same time it wants to be moving, but achieves a mere so-so effect with its violin-playing over-sentimentality.

The upside, which makes it worthwhile, is the entertainment value in the journey. From circuit board-tinkering in the parents' garage to board meetings in fancy offices. Personally, I've never owned an Apple product. Neither iPhone or iMac. But it doesn't really matter here. Steve Jobs, the man and creative trailblazer, doesn't evoke any less fascination.

Just a shame I can't put any dots over the i's in "innovation icon".

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Mike S

Super Reviewer

Jobs Quotes


Steve Jobs: You can build your own things, that other people can use.
– Submitted by Wilman A (7 months ago)
Daniel Kottke: Be as simple as you can be, you'll be astonished to see how uncomplited and happy your can become. Steve Jobs: You can build your own things, that other people can use.
– Submitted by Wilman A (7 months ago)
Steve Jobs: It's a tool for the heart. And when you can touch someone's heart. That's limitless. If I do say so myself, it's insanely cool. It's a music player. It's a thousand songs in your pocket. I'd like to introduce you to the iPod.
– Submitted by Resty Dennis G (12 months ago)
Steve Jobs: If you don't share our enthusiasm and care for the vision of this company. Apple Designer #1: No no no no no. I'm just... I'm not understanding... Steve Jobs: Get Out! Apple Designer #1: What? Steve Jobs: Get your shit and get out! You're done. Apple Designer #1: Wait. Are you going to fire me? Steve Jobs: No! I already fired you! Why are you still here?
– Submitted by Resty Dennis G (12 months ago)

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