Critics are not looking kindly on Ashton Kutcher’s labor of love, the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs.
The general consensus, according to Rotten Tomatoes—an aggregate of critical reviews—calls it “an ambitious, but skin-deep portrait of an influential, complex figure…an over-sentimentalized made-for-TV” movie. It registered just above 25%. Ouch.
“A missed opportunity,” wrote James Berardinelli of ReelViews. The Washington Post’s Michael O’Sullivan said, “There’s a void inside the man that Kutcher never manages to fill.” A “feature-length slow clap,” Vulture deemed the effort.
Besides Kutcher looking identical to the late tech innovator and icon at certain angles, the film does little to illuminate Jobs’ personal life. Ashton probably could’ve delivered an outstanding performance, but the material just wasn’t there, unfortunately.