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November 9, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)
October 30, 2014
Despite intending to expand upon Steadman's output and impact, the documentary boils the importance of his oeuvre down to the obvious.
Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald
October 29, 2014
It's satisfying that the film exists, as an overdue tribute to an artist who can be appreciated even by those with limited patience for Thompson's posturing prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Madison Movie
October 10, 2014
Steadman's illustrations could burst with baroque details, but one thing you would never call them is "busy." They had a focus, a mission, that "For No Good Reason" often lacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 15, 2014
[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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 11, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
June 30, 2014
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.
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Smith
Total Film
June 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle
June 12, 2014
Instead of embracing the chaotic discovery that Steadman personifies, the film ends up being merely a paint-by-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan Kiefer
SF Weekly
June 6, 2014
Paul's frenetic assemblage strives in vain for the cinematic equivalent of Steadman's splotchy urgency.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
June 5, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
June 5, 2014
Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Graham Killeen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 5, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
June 5, 2014
The artist often doesn't even get to take center stage in his own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
June 1, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Independent (UK)
May 30, 2014
[A] low-key, workmanlike documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McCahill
May 29, 2014
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.
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 29, 2014
Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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