Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine Reviews

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October 11, 2017
Perhaps because this film follows his much-seen expose of Scientology, Going Clear, Gibney seems especially struck by the cultishness with which so many people seem to regard Jobs.
September 14, 2015
Despite the movie's journalistic substance, the pleasure-free banality of its style gets in the way of a view of Jobs himself, whose work is as much aesthetic as it is industrial.
September 4, 2015
Little here is new, but the archival footage is well chosen, the interviewees are illuminating, and Gibney, as usual, potently synthesizes what's out there.
September 4, 2015
There is practically nothing in this film that was not already raked over in Walter Isaacson's 2013 biography or in the many thousands of articles about Jobs over the years. But there is something about seeing and hearing this story onscreen.
September 4, 2015
"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" is still wholly engrossing, especially in its first half, when it tells its thrilling creation stories.
September 4, 2015
A complex portrait that gives as much weight to Jobs' world-changing talents as to his personal flaws.
September 3, 2015
Brings home the complexities and contradictions of the man.
September 3, 2015
Sometimes "Man in the Machine" feels like it needs a balancing voice. But it's nonetheless a fascinating film, as Gibney's always are.
September 3, 2015
Mr. Gibney, a prolific documentarian, not only charts Mr. Jobs's extraordinary record of marketing and innovation, but also presents a merciless anatomy of a complicated public character.
September 3, 2015
Gibney is certainly good at what he does, and "Steve Jobs" is at its best in providing a brisk summation of the man's life. Or, more accurately, lives, for Jobs seemed to have been more people than one would have thought possible.
September 3, 2015
Toward the end of "The Man in the Machine," Gibney says we should look for answers in our iPhones when they're at rest - at the reflections of ourselves. It's a start. So's the movie.
September 3, 2015
The fact is that Jobs is a slippery subject who often attempted to windowshade the truth.
September 3, 2015
Gibney, much like Jobs, takes a lot of existing information and packages it attractively. There isn't much new here, but if the story is familiar, Gibney at least tells it in an interesting way.
September 3, 2015
Gibney's built a powerful and compelling case-even if much of the ground he covers won't be news to anyone who follows Apple.
September 3, 2015
Technology was [Jobs'] means for engaging the world and fulfilling himself, and he figured out how to make it ours.
September 3, 2015
As Gibney proved with Gonzo, his 2008 documentary on Hunter S. Thompson, he can go a bit moony in the presence of a cult hero, and he buys into the Jobs legend from the outset.
September 3, 2015
It's a necessary corrective to the myths that have grown around Steve Jobs, obscuring a man who many of us never knew existed.
September 3, 2015
The movie feels like an info dump, and since so much of that information is intended to bolster an argument, The Man In The Machine's "and here's another thing" shapelessness becomes frustrating.
September 2, 2015
Though Gibney doesn't seem to come up with anything truly groundbreaking, there's surely more negative stuff here - and lots more detail - than you've encountered before.
September 2, 2015
Curiously, the more the film testifies to the unique velocity of Jobs's persona, the more routine his story feels.
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