Jobs - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Jobs Reviews

Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
August 16, 2013
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."
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
August 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5
Top Critic
Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2013
Jobs is the equivalent of a feature-length slow clap.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 16, 2013
A missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 16, 2013
Like the man it's about, "Jobs" is thin and unassuming, but keeps surprising you with ideas and innovation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Susan Wloszczyna
RogerEbert.com
August 16, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 16, 2013
If Jobs had been a producer on Jobs, he would have sent it back to the lab for a redesign.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 16, 2013
The performance at the center just isn't up to the job.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 16, 2013
He was a charismatic leader, and the greatest salesman the industry ever saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
There's a void inside the man that Kutcher never manages to fill.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 15, 2013
After a while, you don't care.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
August 15, 2013
The movie itself, ultimately worshipful, ends up being Jobs-like in the cold way it treats flesh-and-blood people.
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2013
At its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 15, 2013
Not that the real man's career wasn't marked by conflict, but does Jobs have to be such a drag?
Top Critic
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
August 15, 2013
It seems like an extended Apple ad, with a few gossipy asides, but less entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 15, 2013
A blandly superficial treatment of a deeply complex man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 15, 2013
It's a daring performance that instantly undermines Kutcher's pretty-boy features and makes them seem ugly and brutally uncompromising.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
August 15, 2013
[A] merely serviceable film ...
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2013
It's an American success story of epic proportions, but Joshua Michael Stern's biopic of the Apple co-founder is hardly epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 15, 2013
"Jobs" turns out to be the IBM PCjr of biographical dramas, hampered by creaky formatting and thinking entirely inside the box.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 15, 2013
[Kutcher's] performance, like the movie, is all surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 15, 2013
Two movies seem to be wrestling for control [here]. One is a poor man's Social Network that depicts Jobs as a brilliant, antisocial jerk; the other is an embarrassing piece of hagiography that treats Jobs like a messiah.
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 15, 2013
"Jobs" works much better as a history of Apple than it does as a portrait of the genius who dreamed it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 15, 2013
A film that can be described using a term that Jobs spits out with palpable distaste as "the worst thing you can say" about anything undertaken by Apple: "It's fine."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2013
I was surprised and frequently compelled by what a starkly honest portrait it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Sandy Cohen
Associated Press
August 15, 2013
The history of a company isn't as compelling as the history of a person, especially one as complex, innovative and influential as Steve Jobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 15, 2013
Kutcher is everything except interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
August 15, 2013
We walk away knowing nothing about what made this revolutionary tick. He deserves a 360-degree portrait. What you get is a mini recap of a pioneer's life-a biOpic shuffle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2013
The deeper problem with the film is that it doesn't really add anything to the established narrative on its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
"Jobs" feels curiously out of touch with its subject, both as a man and regarding his impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kyle Ryan
AV Club
August 15, 2013
Gets points for ambition, but ultimately feels like a made-for-TV movie mistakenly playing at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 14, 2013
At an overlong 127 minutes, Jobs paradoxically feels like it's rushing through Jobs' life and times, never capturing the man's contradictory nature or satisfyingly placing him in a specific historical context.
Top Critic
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
August 14, 2013
There is no depth to the piece and, while it might be asking too much of any film to show the "real" Jobs, it barely hints at the complexity of his ambitions and emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
January 29, 2013
Avoids outright hagiography, but more or less embodies the sort of bland, go-with-the-flow creative thinking Jobs himself would have scorned.
Top Critic
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2013
A biopic that's perhaps too respectful of the tech icon's innovations still remains frequently engaging.