Jobs

2013

Jobs (2013)

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Critic 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.

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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

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Cast

Ashton Kutcher
as Steve Jobs
Josh Gad
as Steve Wozniak
Matthew Modine
as John Sculley
J.K. Simmons
as Arthur Rock
Ron Eldard
as Rod Holt
Ahna O'Reilly
as Chris-Ann Brennan
Victor Rasuk
as Bill Fernandez
John Getz
as Paul Jobs
Kevin Dunn
as Gil Amelio
James Woods
as Jack Dudman
Nelson Franklin
as Bill Atkinson
Eddie Hassell
as Chris Espinosa
Elden Henson
as Andy Hertzfeld
Dermot Mulroney
as Mike Markkula
Lukas Haas
as Daniel Kottke
Lenny Jacobson
as Burrell Smith
Brett Gelman
as Jef Raskin
Brad William Henke
as Paul Terrell
Giles Matthey
as Jonathan Ive
Robert Pine
as Ed Woolard
Clint Jung
as Gareth Chang
David Denman
as Al Alcorn
Masi Oka
as Ken Tanaka
Abby Brammell
as Laurene Jobs
Annika Bertea
as Lisa Jobs
Paul Baretto
as Reed Jobs
Samm Levine
as Apple Designer #1
Cody Chappel
as Student At Lounge
Joel Murray
as Computer Professor
William Mapother
as Calligraphy Professor
Scott Krinsky
as Homebrew Attendee
Evan Helmuth
as Francis
Laura Niemi
as Jobs Secretary
Jim Turner
as Jobs Attorney
Clayton Rohner
as Financial Expert
Rachel Rosenstein
as Apple Receptionist
Christopher Curry
as Board Member #1
Dan Shaked
as Apple Engineer
Duncan Bravo
as Zen Roshi
Kent Shocknek
as 1980 News Caster
Olivia Johnson
as Girl In Bedroom Estate
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Critic Reviews for Jobs

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (36)

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."

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 16, 2013 | Full Review…

A missed opportunity.

Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

When a movie presents its subject as a messiah of intuitive design who insisted that corners never be cut and compromises never struck, it should at least attempt to emulate such exacting standards.

Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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.

Spencer S.
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". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Movie-Reviews/281824101875153?ref=hl

Mike S
Mike S

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