Insanely crap: Top critic calls Steve Jobs one of 2015’s worst movies

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Michael Fassbender received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Jobs.
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One of the most surprising movie flops of 2015 was Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs: a movie which, miraculously, earned even less for its creators than 2013’s panned Jobs, starring Dude, Where’s My Car‘s Ashton Kutcher.

Now the movie has received another ignominious fate: being singled out by major film critic and former co-host of At the Movies Rex Reed as his pick for no. 1 worst film of the year. Ouch!

Rex’s damning appraisal reads as such:

“If you’re interested in the rags-to-riches story of the late Steve Jobs, the tech nerd who devoted his life to the digital revolution and self-destructed in the process, then stay away from the cold, bloodless and incomprehensible movie with the cut-the-crap-and-get-to-the-point title Steve Jobs.”

While there’s no doubting the box office disaster that Steve Jobs turned out to be, the movie has been one of 2015’s most critically divisive movies — arguably a suitable situation for a film about Jobs, who was notorious for labelling things as either “insanely great” or one of the worst things he’d ever seen.

The movie had stellar reviews when it was first screened for critics, but was met with considerably less positivity when described by people who had known Steve. Recently, the flick picked up four Golden Globe nominations, while it’s also likely to get a few nods at the Oscars.

My personal take? It’s a fun Aaron Sorkin movie — if you pretend it’s about a fictitious guy called “Steve Jobs.” Try and reconcile it with the real guy it’s based on, and it’ll leave you disappointed — or worse. If you haven’t seen it, you can make up your own mind by picking up the movie for yourself on DVD or digital download in February, or by reading the Aaron Sorkin script here.