Little here is new, but the archival footage is well chosen, the interviewees are illuminating, and Gibney, as usual, potently synthesizes what's out there.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2015-09-04
There is practically nothing in this film that was not already raked over in Walter Isaacson's 2013 biography or in the many thousands of articles about Jobs over the years. But there is something about seeing and hearing this story onscreen.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2015-09-04
"Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" is still wholly engrossing, especially in its first half, when it tells its thrilling creation stories.
Inkoo Kang, TheWrap, 2015-09-04
Brings home the complexities and contradictions of the man.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2015-09-03
Sometimes "Man in the Machine" feels like it needs a balancing voice. But it's nonetheless a fascinating film, as Gibney's always are.
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2015-09-03
Mr. Gibney, a prolific documentarian, not only charts Mr. Jobs's extraordinary record of marketing and innovation, but also presents a merciless anatomy of a complicated public character.
Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, 2015-09-03
Gibney is certainly good at what he does, and "Steve Jobs" is at its best in providing a brisk summation of the man's life. Or, more accurately, lives, for Jobs seemed to have been more people than one would have thought possible.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, 2015-09-03
Toward the end of "The Man in the Machine," Gibney says we should look for answers in our iPhones when they're at rest - at the reflections of ourselves. It's a start. So's the movie.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2015-09-03
The fact is that Jobs is a slippery subject who often attempted to windowshade the truth.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 2015-09-03
Gibney, much like Jobs, takes a lot of existing information and packages it attractively. There isn't much new here, but if the story is familiar, Gibney at least tells it in an interesting way.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2015-09-03
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.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2015-09-03
Technology was [Jobs'] means for engaging the world and fulfilling himself, and he figured out how to make it ours.
Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader, 2015-09-03
Gibney creates a film that is as visually stunning as it is dramatically charged.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2015-09-03
It's a necessary corrective to the myths that have grown around Steve Jobs, obscuring a man who many of us never knew existed.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2015-09-03
Though Gibney doesn't seem to come up with anything truly groundbreaking, there's surely more negative stuff here - and lots more detail - than you've encountered before.
Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, 2015-09-02
Jobs' extraordinary achievements are given their due, but the film makes it abundantly clear that he could also be a hardhearted and self-centered S.O.B.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2015-09-02
Despite the movie's journalistic substance, the pleasure-free banality of its style gets in the way of a view of Jobs himself, whose work is as much aesthetic as it is industrial.
Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2015-09-14
As Gibney proved with Gonzo, his 2008 documentary on Hunter S. Thompson, he can go a bit moony in the presence of a cult hero, and he buys into the Jobs legend from the outset.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-09-03
The movie feels like an info dump, and since so much of that information is intended to bolster an argument, The Man In The Machine's "and here's another thing" shapelessness becomes frustrating.
Noel Murray, AV Club, 2015-09-03
Curiously, the more the film testifies to the unique velocity of Jobs's persona, the more routine his story feels.
David Ehrlich, Time Out, 2015-09-02