For No Good Reason (2014)



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

Movie Info

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, … More

Rating: R (for language, some drug content and brief sexual images)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 2, 2014
Box Office: $67.1k
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for For No Good Reason

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (23)

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The process of creating a painting isn't as automatically intertesting as, say, that of making a film, but...the technical and artistic inspirations that fuel an artist can sometimes be as fascinating as the finished work.

Full Review… | November 9, 2014

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