Want to know why Michael Fassbender tops our Best Actor Oscar chart for his performance in "Steve Jobs"? Because of rave reviews from A-list critics, including those from both the Los Angeles and New York Times (excerpted below). Danny Boyle's biopic scores an impressive 84 at MetaCritic and its leading man, a one-time Supporting Actor nominee ("12 Years a Slave"), is getting the best notices of his career for playing the patron saint of Apple.
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Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Though the film he stars in is very much a group effort, it is hard to imagine 'Steve Jobs' without the magnetic Fassbender, who eats parts like this for breakfast, in the starring role. His Jobs is a man of enormous self-confidence, driven like nobody's business, whose powers of persuasion are so overpowering his employees talk about the "reality distortion field" he is able to create around himself and his ideas.
A.O. Scott, New York Times
"The movie burnishes the image of this visionary C.E.O. even as it tries to peek behind the curtain at the gimcrack machinery of omnipotence. Mostly, though, it is a formally audacious, intellectually energized entertainment, a powerful challenge to the lazy conventions of Hollywood storytelling and a feast for connoisseurs of contemporary screen acting."
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Fassbender rips through the role of the volcanic Apple co-founder and CEO who sucked at personal interaction but soared at transmogrifying personal computing and everything digital from music, animation (Pixar) and publishing to those iPhones we wear like a second skin. Fassbender's Jobs is a tornado of roaring ferocity and repressed feeling. He's also charming and seductively funny, which makes him dangerous if you get too close. Fassbender gives a towering performance of savage wit and limitless firepower. Is he really that good? Hell, yeah."
Brian Truitt, USA Today
Fassbender gives his lines measured weight and gravitas in his interpretation of the late enigmatic legend that also exorcises the demons of poor Jobses past (apologies, Noah Wyle and Ashton Kutcher). He’s at times a cruel jerk and moments later a loving soul: Jobs is protective of Wozniak while in the same sentence calling him “Rain Man.” The actor nails all the techno mumbo jumbo, is a force in the scenes where Jobs takes charge, but is probably best when this pop-culture antihero has to be tender around the kid he struggles to know.
Justin Chang, Variety
"Fassbender overcomes the obvious casting hurdle (he looks nothing like Jobs, whose Arab-American lineage is briefly referenced) and delivers a performance as enthralling and fully sustained as any on his estimable resume. That the actor is onscreen at every minute makes it all the better that it’s impossible to take your eyes off him, or your ears: This is an actor who knows exactly how to toss off Sorkin’s dialogue, emphasizing rhythm and inflection over volume, while embodying confidence and authority in his every atom."
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