But if Stern lets Jobs off the hook, Kutcher doesn't. Occasionally, to suggest inner turmoil, he'll tremble and clench his fists—that's the hammy stuff. But mostly Kutcher only hints at what might be going on behind this confounding man's ever-shifting eyes. Kutcher finds compassion without going for anything so cheap as an explanation for Jobs's bad behavior; it's a wily, understated performance.


Directed by Joshua Michael Stern
Open Road Films
Opens August 16

Jobs put a lot of himself into the products he developed. To love your MacBook, your iPod, your iPhone, is to love Steve Jobs the man just a little bit, from a convenient distance. Kutcher had it harder: He had to get right inside Jobs's head, and his performance suggests that it wasn't a fun place to be.

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"Jobs put a lot of himself into the products he developed. " 

If by "developed", you mean yelled at his engineers to get things done, then yes, Job did develop Apple's products.


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