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For No Good Reason Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[For No Good Reason] paints a strong portrait of the illustrator through archival footage, photography, and long discussions with Steadman about his artistic process.

Full Review Source: Under the Radar | Original Score: 6.5/10

August 15, 2014
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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.

Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 3/4

July 11, 2014
Todd Jorgenson

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.

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June 30, 2014
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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').

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 20, 2014
Neil Smith
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2014
Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 12, 2014
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly

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

Full Review Source: SF Weekly

June 6, 2014
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN) | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2014
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

June 5, 2014
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2014
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2014
Jonathan Romney
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

June 1, 2014
Geoffrey Macnab

[A] low-key, workmanlike documentary.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

May 30, 2014
Mike McCahill

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.

Full Review Source: Guardian

May 29, 2014
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 29, 2014
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 29, 2014
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

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

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

May 29, 2014
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

May 29, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 22, 2014
Marc Mohan

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.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

May 20, 2014
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