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For No Good Reason (2014)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 54
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 20

For No Good Reason is a solid but surface-level look at gonzo artist Ralph Steadman's artistry and eccentricities.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 7

For No Good Reason is a solid but surface-level look at gonzo artist Ralph Steadman's artistry and eccentricities.



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Experience 15 years in the life of acclaimed illustrator Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson thanks to such books as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Curse of Lono. A look back at Steadman's remarkable career offers a glimpse into his vivid imagination as interviews with Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others offer insight into the man behind the legend. Meanwhile,


Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary

Sep 2, 2014


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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (20)

Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The film makes it clear that not only was Steadman perfect for Thompson's work (and a big part of his success), his work stands on its own artistically.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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As wonderful as it is to watch the man work, and to review many of the startling images he created over the years, the film has its dead spots.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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This is most worthwhile for its scenes of Steadman at work, flinging ink all over the place and turning the splatter marks into his signature grotesques.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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For No Good Reason sidelines Steadman's own bona fides, functioning primarily as a second-hand documentary of Thompson, stoking the hagiography of the late hipster icon.

May 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A film for admirers of artist Ralph Steadman, people whose politics align with Steadman's politics and the most devoted followers of Steadman's celebrity fan, Johnny Depp.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

It's most compelling when the focus is on Steadman, allowing him to describe his feelings about fame and his artistic process - or perhaps more accurately, the method to his madness.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

The movie always circles back to Thompson, as if Steadman were a tetherball attached to the writer. In this way, Paul doesn't quite justify the need for a feature film about his subject (as opposed to, say, a profile segment on '60 Minutes').

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Though friendly and humorous in his jaunty nautical cap, Steadman seems reluctant to give much away about his private life. Fortunately his work - scabrous, anarchic and utterly merciless - more than speaks for itself.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Instead of embracing the chaotic discovery that Steadman personifies, the film ends up being merely a paint-by-numbers.

June 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy urgency.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

The film has some slow spots; at times, it reaches pretention, but overall it is an interesting portrait of a contradictory individual who is proud of his work, yet questions whether or not it had any impact on the world.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

For 89 madcap minutes, Paul and interviewer Johnny Depp conduct a surface-level whistle-stop tour of the artist's life, never once outstaying our curiosity.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The artist often doesn't even get to take center stage in his own movie.

June 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Even if we don't quite get to know the man, the visionary violence of Steadman's acid pen emerges to vivid effect, partly though Kevin Richards's animations, and despite Depp's sometimes over-eager respect.

June 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

[A] low-key, workmanlike documentary.

May 30, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

Paul struggles to contain Steadman's profligate energies in 90 minutes, and the waning presence of Johnny Depp, loitering between poor career choices to pull on a cigarillo and point at pictures, can't give it shape.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian

A mewling yet occasionally deafening - and seemingly arbitrary - soundtrack overflowing with upstart folk-rock nobodies adds little to the experience.

May 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

You can almost feel Depp restraining himself from saying "Tell me more about Hunter," again and again, but his enthusiasm and appreciation are real, and that's a pretty good reason for this movie to exist.

May 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Engaging but uneven documentary...burdened by material that seems extraneous, not least much of the footage of Depp.

May 17, 2014 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
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