In spite of its unremarkable $6.7 million opening weekend, Jobs may still prove to be profitable, thanks to its modest $12 million budget. That said, most critics—including The Loop‘s Kiva Reardon—have been extremely negative in their assessment of the Steve Jobs biopic. The filmmakers got a taste of this when the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, so they probably saw the pans coming. However, they couldn’t have predicted that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (played by Josh Gad in the film) would join in with a pan of his own. Wozniak took to Gizmodo after seeing the film on Friday, offering his assessment of the film in the comments section of the website’s more formal review. While he explains that the acting is good and he was “attentive and entertained” throughout, he concludes that the movie isn’t worthy of his recommendation.
Wozniak has been critical of Steve Jobs over the years and these feelings bleed over into his impressions of Ashton Kutcher, who portrays Jobs in the film. (“I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs.”) According to Wozniak, Kutcher believes he’s against the film because he wasn’t paid to be a consultant, but Wozniak explains that he could have been a consultant on Jobs—and chose not to. “I was turned off by the Jobs script,” he writes. “But I still hoped for a great movie.”
Wozniak also expresses frustration about the way many people are falsely portrayed in the film—including the title character. While he recognizes that Jobs made a series of lucrative breakthroughs starting with the iPod, he believes that the film downplays the years of struggle and failure that preceded this. “The movie ends pretty much where the great Jobs finally found product success (the iPod) and changed so many of our lives. I’m grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times.”