'jOBS' movie, and Ashton Kutcher, get mixed reviews

On Friday, the independently produced biopic of the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs, titled "jOBS," made its planned debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring Ashton Kutcher in the title role, is getting mixed reviews from those that saw it, but most of them give good marks to Kutcher's performance.

The Hollywood Reporter's review of "jOBS" said the movie, which mostly depicts the early days of Jobs and Apple in the '70s and '80s, does not "break any stylistic ground, hewing closely to public perception of the tech giant." Variety said in its review that the movie "embodies the sort of bland, go-with-the-flow creative thinking Jobs himself would have scorned." Entertainment Weekly was more enthusiastic, with the reviewer saying he was "surprised, and often riveted, by what a starkly honest portrait it is."

EW also praised Kutcher, claiming that he was "obviously cast because he looks like Jobs, but who bites into the role with his incisors." The Hollywood Reporter said Kutcher "faithfully re-creates some of his character's physical mannerisms for additional dimensionality." Variety was not quite as convinced in Kutcher's performance, saying that while he both looked the part and tried to imitate Jobs' mannerisms, "the illusion never fully seizes hold."

"jOBS" will be released in U.S. theaters April 19, which also happens to be the 37th anniversary of Apple's founding. It's possible that parts the film could be reshot and/or reedited between now and April to deal with the reactions from Sundance audiences.

Source: Hollywood Reporter | Image via Glen Wilson

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I haven't owned an Apple product since 1990 (not a comment on their quality, just that as a developer I can sell more products for PCs) but I am looking forward to the movie about Jobs being written by Aaron Sorkin (West Wing, Studio 60, Newsroom) That man is a fantastic writer and I believe he will tell a good story of Mr. Jobs.

I will not watch anything that Kutcher plays in.

How did that non acting actor ever get so popular?

He was alright in That 70's show simply because he was playing a stupid character, which obviously is very easy for him, as stupid is stupid does, or how ever that goes!

Ashton Kutcher... can't stand the guy since the 70's show (he was annoying there too but at least the show itself was funny)

I personally think that if an actor can pull off both a serious roll and a also pull off a comedic role, then you've got great. There's a lot of people that can only do one or the other. I can't wait to see the movie and going by the first clip that I saw, I'm actually impressed. Time will tell.

dtourond said,
I personally think that if an actor can pull off both a serious roll and a also pull off a comedic role, then you've got great. There's a lot of people that can only do one or the other. I can't wait to see the movie and going by the first clip that I saw, I'm actually impressed. Time will tell.

About comedy, do you mean Two and Half Men?. ¬¬

Brony said
About comedy, do you mean Two and Half Men?. ¬¬
No. I say that because Charlie Sheen suited that role better than Ashton.

Can't imagine I would ever watch this movie. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't watch one about Gates or anyone else.

seta-san said
"Pirates of Silicon Valley" is a far better movie
It's a great movie, but we shouldn't make that call until the movie's out.

Wiz is already saying this movie misrepresents the early years from the leaked clip. It is basically trying to glorify Jobs. I'll wait to see what he says before I waste my time watching it.

Apple worship is fading. This movie is a couple of years too late.

Phouchg said
I figure it's because of horrendous spelling.
I refuse to even consider watching anything that is sPELLED lIKE tHIS.
I agree, the title's a bit strange, but why would you not watch a movie just because of the spelling of the title.

IMHO the best history of that era of IT is the Robert X Cringely series Triumph of the Nerds (Based on his book Accidental Empires)
Covers the start of both Apple and Microsoft and everything up to the launch of Windows 95.
Bit dated these days but still very much worth a look

The guy doesn't even look anything like Woz. What where they thinking with the perm?

The clip shown was just awful and he didn't come close to Noah. Pirates was just much better and that was a TV movie.

matt4pack said
The guy doesn't even look anything like Woz. What where they thinking with the perm?
I was thinking the same thing. It struck me as odd.

matt4pack said
The clip shown was just awful and he didn't come close to Noah. Pirates was just much better and that was a TV movie.
Noah did an excellent job as Steve, but this is just one clip of the movie so far. Besides, it's about Steve Jobs so it would probably be better to compare him to Steve Jobs rather than Noah.

either this movie will break even, paid for by the people who are the real "sheep" that have to do anything and all things Apple.... or it will bomb horribly..... there is no way in heck it will be a blockbuster hit.... zero chance

neufuse said
either this movie will break even, paid for by the people who are the real "sheep" that have to do anything and all things Apple....
Not everyone who watches this will be "sheep"... I'll be watching it, and yes I use Apple products, but that doesn't mean me a "sheep"..

dtourond said,
Not everyone who watches this will be "sheep"... I'll be watching it, and yes I use Apple products, but that doesn't mean me a "sheep"..

Didn't mean the only people who see are, I mean the ones that will 100% flock to it because they are will cause it to break even probably

Because back then nobody gave a crap about technology or how it worked or how it was designed and half the people out there have no idea what this movie even is. Now that the iPhone is popular among every little teeny bopper out there they have to re-release a new movie to draw attention and money to themselves.

Agreed Pirates of Silicon valley was one of the only tech-giant related movies I've ever thought was anywhere close to good.

ShareShiz said,
even that movie sucked

Pirates of Silicon Valley FTW. Stop trying to remake movies Hollywood.

THANK YOU!! Everyone talks about the Social Network movie as if it was god's gift to man. I love the tech industry, I have no qualms with Facebook, but the movie was barely memorable at all for me.

And yes, Pirates of Silicon Valley is amazing. I was worried I wouldn't like it when we watched it last semester in Management, but nope! Still as good as ever.

ShareShiz said
even that movie sucked
Disagree. It was pretty good. I wouldn't say spectacular, but it was pretty good.

ShareShiz said
Pirates of Silicon Valley FTW.
I love that movie. I could watch it over and over again.

I agree, and the only reason I'm commenting is because your name is ****ing awesome and so is your profile.

Go Enron!

Too bad they were 15 years ahead of their time.... and stole lots of money.

Related to this article though, this movie really does look like it sucks. It ****es me off moreso because I get the feeling Kutcher realistically knows nothing about computers or information technology whatsoever...

mDaWg said,
I agree, and the only reason I'm commenting is because your name is ****ing awesome and so is your profile.

Go Enron!

Too bad they were 15 years ahead of their time.... and stole lots of money.

Related to this article though, this movie really does look like it sucks. It ****es me off moreso because I get the feeling Kutcher realistically knows nothing about computers or information technology whatsoever...

He is a investor in a few nice tech startups, I had read it on Business Inside online I think.

javagreen said,
He is a investor in a few nice tech startups, I had read it on Business Inside online I think.
and that negates his comments?

MrHumpty said,
and that negates his comments?

What?

I was referring to the part of his post which said "I get the feeling Kutcher realistically knows nothing about computers or information technology whatsoever"

mDaWg said
Related to this article though, this movie really does look like it sucks. It ****es me off moreso because I get the feeling Kutcher realistically knows nothing about computers or information technology whatsoever...
Did Noah Wyle know about computers when he acted in Pirates of Silicon Valley..? Seriously, that's why it's called acting. I couldn't care less if he knew anything about computers or not. He's an actor, and what should matter more is if he can draw me into the movie and make me interested in seeing it.

javagreen said,
I was referring to the part of his post which said "I get the feeling Kutcher realistically knows nothing about computers or information technology whatsoever"
I know plenty of investors/vc's who invest in tech. Generally they are surrounded by people pointing them into the right direction. More importantly you never know about their wasted money. Thinking, because he had a love affair with twitter and wisely invested his millions rather than buying bling means he has any technical expertise is laughable.

Did anyone expect this movie to be good? I dont recall ever thinking to myself... hey, I know what I want to see, a movie about Steve Jobs in his younger days! Yeah... that's just what I want!!

I'm shocked this has gotten the attention that it has.

Was about to say the same... Thanks for saving me the time.

... Although i guess it took a lot longer to type this. FUUUUUU!