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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
R (for language, some drug content and brief sexual images)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for For No Good Reason

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (25)

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
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.

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2014
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for For No Good Reason

The film gives a very thorough look at the man's work and overall process, which I really enjoyed. The archival bits are fun, and the narration by Johnny Depp adds to things nicely, as he has been acquainted with both Steadman and his long time collaborator Hunter S. Thompson over the years. Recommended, and well worth a look.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

It is an interesting art documentary with wonderful graphic designs and animation to depict this artist's work. Johnny Depp adds a nice touch as the interviewer and admirer of Steadman's work. I didn't know this artist before watching it but I really found his artwork quite interesting and could tell why people like Depp and Terry Gilliam are big fans of his.

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

This documentary is so concerned with fancy special effects, animation & the fact that it has Johnny Depp, that it complete forgets about its subject sometimes. It often even feels like a doc about Hunter S. Thompson, rather than Ralph Steadman. Anyway, lots of cool Steadman art on display (timelapses are especially nice), but overall quite a disappointment. SKIP IT

Anatoly Shashkin
Anatoly Shashkin

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