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.


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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, Steadman watches as his drawings are brought to life through the magic of animation for the very first time. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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

Jun 5, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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…
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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 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

May 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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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…

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