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Critics dump on "Jobs," the biopic of Apple's founder

John Cox | Aug. 16, 2013
Just 31% of the website's approved critics, who had advanced screenings, gave the movie a favorable review, and even those seem to end up damning it with faint praise.

"'Jobs' works much better as a history of Apple than it does as a portrait of the genius who dreamed it up, says Miami Herald critic Rene Rodgriguez. It's "surprisingly thorough" and "surprisingly compelling" at showing Apple as a business in its rise and fall (the movie ends with the ousted Jobs invited back to rescue the floundering company, and his firing the board of directors. 

"But Jobs' fares far less well at getting under the man's skin," Rodriguez says. "Andbecause the film has so much ground to cover, there are huge gaps in the narrative that beg for a little more detail (such as Jobs' relationship with his daughter, who he refused to acknowledge for many years and then suddenly appears to be living with him, no explanation given)." 

"Though Kutcher does throw himself into the role with all he's got, trying to captureJobs' distinctive walk and mercurial temperament, his performance comes off as an assemblage of mannerisms with no deeper feeling or understanding," says Mark Olsen, of the Los Angeles Times.

Even one of the movie's few fans, Entertainment Weekly's Owen Gleiberman, only givesit a "B" grade. 

"The ironic thrust of the movie is that Jobs' humanity is there in that perfectionistic insanity," he writes. "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....Getting ousted [from Apple] must have been devastating, but Jobs' doesn't really take us on that personal journey with him. The movie's fall-and-redemption narrative is generic, abstract. And maybe that's because the reason that this movie even exists -- the notion that Steve Jobs is The One Who Changed Our Lives -- has been, to put it mildly, a littleoverhyped." 


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