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For No Good Reason Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

May 17, 2014
Jay Stone

Steadman emerges as a man with a unique vision. Too bad we didn't get to know him a little better.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

May 16, 2014
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Though we don't get to know Steadman the man all that well (rough time at boarding school, and yes, he has a wife and a dog), we do get to know his art.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 16, 2014
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An interesting look at the work of Steadman, whose grotesque, ink-splattered art provided the ideal complement to Thompson's gonzo writing.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

May 16, 2014
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2014
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Portrait of the artist as a young (and old) gonzo.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 15, 2014
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

Charlie Paul's "For No Good Reason" isn't content to be a mere documentary about British artist Ralph Steadman. It aspires to be a work of art about an artist.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL) | Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2014
Ray Pride

There are many gems of earned wisdom, both spoken and demonstrated through the prowess of the man's process in conjuring his righteous satires, including "There's no such thing as a mistake, it's just an excuse to do something else."

Full Review Source: Newcity

May 14, 2014
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