From ‘visionary’ to ‘a-hole,’ that Steve Jobs’ doc ‘The Man in the Machine’ is getting mixed reviews

That anticipated Alex Gibney documentary about Apple’s iconic co-founder Steve Jobs is out at present, and let’s simply say the reviews should not as overwhelmingly constructive as one would possibly suppose.

Proper now, The Man in the Machine is rated 76 % recent on rottentomatoes.com, with 67 % of viewers members saying they favored it.

We looked at the trailer just a few months again, and it was intense. So intense, maybe, that a full-length function of Jobs’ world turns into tiresome. A typical criticism was that Gibney raises plenty of questions that he fails to reply.

A snippet of movie critic reviews up to now, per Rotten Tomatoes:

“Mr. Gibney, a prolific documentarian, not solely charts Mr. Jobs’s extraordinary report of selling and innovation, but in addition presents a cruel anatomy of a sophisticated public character.” — New York Occasions

“The film seems like an information dump, and since a lot of that info is meant to bolster an argument, ‘The Man In The Machine’s’ ‘and right here’s one other factor’ shapelessness turns into irritating.” — The Onion’s AV Membership

“Generally ‘Man in the Machine’ feels prefer it wants a balancing voice. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless a captivating movie, as Gibney’s all the time are.” — Seattle Occasions

“Jobs’ extraordinary achievements are given their due, however the movie makes it abundantly clear that he may be a hardhearted and self-centered S.O.B.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Maybe my favourite, via the Stranger: “And what does he [Gibney] have to say about this much-worshipped visionary, whose loss of life was a worldwide occasion? That he was principally an asshole.”

Utilizing a toned-down method, NPR calls it an “unflattering” profile at instances, however factors out that it manages to seize Jobs’ uncanny skill to principally decide what individuals need earlier than they even need it.

It additionally highlights his “ruthless, deceitful and merciless” facet, together with speaking to one engineer who says he misplaced his spouse and kids due to the workload.

Hear to NPR’s full evaluate beneath.

The film is out at present and enjoying at the Northwest Movie Discussion board and Sundance Cinemas in Seattle. Or, you’ll be able to take the lazy means out, and simply watch it on iTunes. Jobs would have needed you to.


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