Steve Jobs

 (1,745)7.22 h 2 min2015X-RayR
HD. Michael Fassbender delivers an electrifying, Oscar(R)-nominated performance in this compelling portrait of the enigmatic Apple co-founder.
Directors
Danny Boyle
Starring
Michael FassbenderKate WinsletSeth Rogen
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Jeff Daniels
Producers
Mark GordonGuymon CasadyScott RudinDanny BoyleChristian Colson
Studio
Universal Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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Doug SmithReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsJobs, Nailed
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I thought this movie would be a hatchet job on Steve Jobs, who I idolize. I didn't expect to like it. It is flat-out brilliant., Michael Fassbender stunningly projects Jobs' intensity (and less savory characteristics) in a fierce, running circus of confrontation and nearly inhumane turmoil Loved Kate Winslet as his long-suffering right hand. Seth Rogen as Woz. Wow! So, too, the actresses who play Jobs' out-of-wedlock child and her mother. I'm not a binge watcher or even a movie watcher and I've watched it four times in three weeks. crying every time.

Jobs was a force of nature, a never-to-be-seen again phenomenon. Thank you, Michael Fassbender, Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin, for memorializing his white-hot intensity to succeed and overcome.
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David AthertonReviewed in the United States on June 13, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsDetails are important
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It's so frustrating to see another movie about Steve Jobs which takes accuracy as second to plot or forming a cohesive narrative. Details are important. What people say is important. Watching it I knew instinctually some of what they were getting wrong. While watching it I had to constantly fact-check for those things I wasn't certain of. I wish Hollywood would stop giving short-shift to real life people and events that took place very recently. If you regularly re-write history people will not know what really happened. Many people don't fact check nor realize when they are being lied to or deceived.
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Terrible TomReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsThe dark side of the brilliant Steve Jobs
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I strongly recommend that you see this a movie about a man not a computer company. The screenwriter Aaron Sorkin spoke to Jobs principal work associates and to his daughter, Lisa, to gain a sense of who this man was. The main scenes center around the last minute preparations for three mega presentation launches of computers designed and built under Steve Jobs direction. Clearly he had the desire to create an "insanely great" product (as he called it). We see how this driven personality is destructive to those closest to him, how he denies making wrong decisions. This is the underlying story behind his later success with the iMac, iPod, and iPhone.

The acting is excellent. The scenes give you a true feeling of energy and emotions of the time The impact of the 1984 Super Bowl commercial was shown, simply, and artfully. The characters are alive and believable under the direction of Danny Boyle. the dark personality of Steve Jobs casts a long shadow over these momentous times for the computer industry.

A subplot, the contest between Jobs and Steve Wozniak over the value of an open system computer, versus Jobs preference for a closed system, is shown subtly in Wozniak's favor. However, we know when we buy an Apple product today, accessories must almost always be bought from Apple--a closed system.
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seamonkey10Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsChallenging the Myth of Steve Jobs
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What's more important in life, making your vision come true or loving the people around you? That seems to be the central theme of this work, which constantly places Steve Jobs in the back room of his latest press event. While there, they paint an unvarnished picture of a man who many probably think was one of the great inventors of our time as, but who was more like a P. T. Barnum type of figure. This might be a shock for people who have deified this man and believe things like he invented the mouse and the personal computer.

While I find it interesting that they have chosen to demythologize this famous figure, the movie itself has a few drawbacks. The movie itself is kind of more like a play than a movie since the settings rarely change. At times it's engrossing, but other times - since the movie is mostly dialogue driven - the dialogue can seem a little long (like the time he and his secretary are arguing about the house).

Another drawback is the conciliatory attempts of trying to make the movie seem a little more balanced regarding his personality. Throughout the movie, they paint him as tyrannical and almost devoid of feeling, but at the end try to slip in a little humanity in his character. It just felt out of place given the tone they struck throughout the movie.

I don't think Seth Rogan was a good choice for Steve Wozniak. I just have such an association with him as the character he usually plays, that I couldn't see him in this role. The director went with an unconventional choice for his main character, why didn't he do the same for the Steve Wozniak role?

It wasn't about computers; it was about the man. Although I applaud this choice in a way, because it could have quickly devolved into another feel good success story, I think showing the evolution of computers could have added a little bit of spice to the story and made it less of a one-note stage play.

All-in-all, I liked the movie. It was thought provoking and an interesting look at this famous man's life. Be warned, if you're the type of person who thinks this is a movie that heaps praise of the title character, you're in for a big surprise.
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Bob ZeidmanReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating look at one of the 20th Century's great business pioneers
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Steve Jobs is a fascinating character who changed the world while pissing off a lot of people. Aaron Sorkin is one of the greatest director/screenwriters in the history of Hollywood. The combination is a masterpiece. My only criticism is why the main character looks nothing like Steve Jobs who had a recognizable and iconic look. It detracts from the movie, but only slightly.
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WEAK HEART 4 LIFEReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsHEART FELT PERFORMANCE BY MICHAEL FASSBENDER
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MICHAEL FASSBENDER PLAYS STEVE JOBS. A HEART FELT PERFORMANCE ABOUT A VERY COMPLICATED MAN WHO HAPPENED TO BE THE GENIUS BEHIND THE CREATION OF APPLE COMPUTERS.THE MOVIE TELLS THE STORY OF THE COMPLICATED RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS EX GIRL FRIEND AND HIS DAUGHTER LISA WHOM JOBS WOULDN'T EVEN ADMIT TO BE THE FATHER OF UNTIL YEARS LATER. THE MOVIE TELLS OF THE HARD SHIPS THE BATTLES AND STRUGGES STEVE HAD TO FACE BOTH INNER DEMONS AND OUTER WITH HIMSELF AND AS WELL AS OTHERS. A BRILLIANT MOVIE IN EVERY WAY. COMPLETELY FANTASTIC.
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JerryReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsGood movie, but did it have to be so hectic?
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I enjoyed the Steve Jobs audiobook by Walter Isaacson and so was looking forward to the movie. The movie format, I guess intended to be provocative/arty, is to present events in Job's life by focusing on several Apple/Next "product launches" (e.g., first showcasing of the Macintosh). Apparently these were very dramatic events with major characters from his life showing up to argue, reminisce, and emote in the 30 hectic minutes before the launch. (Dont know why, but reminds me of some of the scenes from the West Wing with characters walking briskly around while dramatically solving the world's problems--oh wait, Aaron Sorkin, same screenwriter, I get it). Naturally these visitors bring up memories and flashbacks that confuse things further as they fill in the story. Much like Job's personality, I found this format hectic and unsettling. Call me dull-witted and conventional, but couldn't a more linear narrative have worked? However, if you're a techie, Jobs fan, or just a 21st century world denizen, I think you will find this movie interesting. Even if it could have been done better.
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FloridaGIrlReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsIf your a fan of Steve Jobs, Don't Watch this movie
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I guess it was worth the money to rent it but if I could do it over I wouldn't have done it. I liked the other Steve Jobs movie with Ashton Kutcher soooooooo much more! In that movie they portrayed Steve in a good light, in this movie they make him seem like a horrible guy for the way he treated his oldest daughter. In my opinion, no one wants to remember Steve Jobs the way this movie portrays him, we want to remember him the way the Ashton Kutcher movie portrayed him.
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