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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
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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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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
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 29, 2014
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 | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 22, 2014
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.
Marc Mohan
May 20, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 17, 2014
Engaging but uneven documentary...burdened by material that seems extraneous, not least much of the footage of Depp.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jay Stone
May 16, 2014
Steadman emerges as a man with a unique vision. Too bad we didn't get to know him a little better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 16, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
May 16, 2014
An interesting look at the work of Steadman, whose grotesque, ink-splattered art provided the ideal complement to Thompson's gonzo writing.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 15, 2014
Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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