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Joshua Michael Stern‘s Jobs is the first of two projects to focus on tech mogul Steve Jobs. The film, which tells the tale Jobs’ life and early career, made its debut at Sundance earlier this year and garnered mixed responses as well as a negative reaction from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who deemed the film’s script “crap.” Today, Jobs finally hits theaters, with Ashton Kutcher playing the genius man behind Apple, Inc. Critics who got to see the film before its official release seemed to have conflicts with the written material. Many agreed that Jobs didn’t go deep enough; however, most praised Kutcher’s spot-on performance as the genius man behind one of the most successful tech companies ever created.

The Good:

  • “Nevertheless, the man is Jobs, who’s essentially a fascinating guy, and with Kutcher’s excellent performance and a stack of terrific supporting turns, the material holds even as some of the scenes wobble dangerously.” FilmMafia
  • “Thankfully, Jobs evens out long before it can literally or symbolically put its subject on the cross, and once Stern and writer Mark Hulme calm down and start painting a more complex, human portrait of the man, narrowing in on exactly what Jobs’ strengths and weaknesses were and how they contributed to his failures and successes, the film becomes watchable. Soon thereafter, it even excels to the point of good, and once it gets deep into the story of Apple’s mid-eighties struggles and Steve Jobs’ firing, it even becomes mildly engrossing.” We Got This Covered

The So-So:

  • “By injecting a bit more conflict, and attempting to draw heavy-handed thematic parallels, the final film is a clumsy, albeit interesting, experience that could satisfy viewers who want to learn more about Jobs and Apple, Inc. That said, tech industry know-it-alls or anyone hoping for an especially insightful character story aren’t likely to find Jobs to be as profound or informative as the director and star might have intended.” Screenrant
  • “Kutcher clearly prepared for the role, but his capital-A acting distracts from some of his more dramatic scenes. He has the Apple founder’s onstage mannerisms down pat, though he walks with a lurching gait, has an intense stare that’s almost homicidal, and adopts a voice that sounds more like Steve Jobs via Owen Wilson.” A.V. Club

The Bad:

  • “Rather, the film attempts to start from the myth and work its way back, showing the hard work and heartbreak and screaming fits and occasional backstabbing that went into such innovations as the personal computer, the really small personal computer, and the really pretty personal computer. The problem is that the film gets too wrapped up in the myth to tell an effective behind-the-scenes tale. ” Vulture
  • “What Jobs misses, despite the early passages of acid-tripping and guru-meeting, is a full exploration of Jobs’ not-uncomplicated spiritual and moral development. The final act, set in 1996, does depict a somewhat mellowed Jobs, who has surprised even himself by becoming a family man. But Whitely and Stern end their story before Jobs experiences the mortal humbling of cancer and, with it, an acceleration of self-reflection.” GrouchoReviews

Will you see JOBS this weekend?