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'Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine': EW review

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Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
127 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/04/15
performer:
Steve Jobs
director:
Alex Gibney
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B

For the past decade, Alex Gibney has been cranking out documentaries at a prolific clip, taking on (and often taking down) black-hat subjects like Enron, Lance Armstrong, and Scientology. In his latest exposé disguised as biography, he sets his crosshairs on Steve Jobs, Apple’s prickly visionary who gave technology its soul. Some have taken Gibney to task for being too damning, focusing less on Jobs’ innovative genius than on assembling a brief on Apple’s villainy, ranging from serious allegations (tax dodging, stock fraud) to the pettiness of Jobs himself (he was a bad tipper). But Gibney’s built a powerful and compelling case—even if much of the ground he covers won’t be news to anyone who follows Apple. What the movie actually could’ve used less of is Gibney, whose faux-pensive voice-overs are meant to push the story forward, but more often make your eyeballs roll backward. B

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