Reviews of “jOBS” The First Steve Jobs’ Biopic: Ashton Kutcher Sells It
The independent biopic about tech icon Steve Jobs premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week, and the movie as well as Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of the former Apple CEO generated mixed feelings on Twitter and in online reviews from Sundance attendees.
Titled jOBS, the film debuted not long after Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak criticized a scene, going as far as to describe the personalities and moment as “totally wrong.”
The Joshua Michael Stern-directed film — not to be confused with the one Sony Pictures is creating based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Jobs — will arrive in theaters on April 19.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING
- Eric Kohn of Indiewire: ”The movie is constantly at war with attempts to provide an honest portrayal, almost as if its subject were reaching beyond the grave to steer any negativity back in the direction of a hagiography.”
- Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter: ”While the film’s emphasis is on Jobs’ career, it also touches on less savory aspects of his personal life, including his rejection of pregnant girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and repudiation of his daughter Lisa in his early 20s. And jOBS doesn’t gloss over his reputation for unwavering perfection, direct speech and temperamentalism.”
- Justin Chang of Variety: ”Ultimately, jOBS is a prosaic but not unaffecting tribute to the virtues of defiance, nonconformity, artistry, beauty, craftsmanship, imagination and innovation, qualities it only intermittently reflects as a piece of filmmaking. Freddy Waff’s production design and Lisa Jensen-Nye’s costumes subtly capture the look of each decade; the soundtrack blares too insistently with some of Jobs’ favorite artists, including Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan.”