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For No Good Reason Reviews

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
May 8, 2014
A savage journey into the heart of the artist's dream to change the world by making his mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
May 2, 2014
The doc will certainly make you want to find a book of Steadman's work, and perhaps even read some of Thompson's writing again. But doing either of those things feels like a better way to experience true gonzo-ness than this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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John Semley
Globe and Mail
May 16, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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.
David Ehrlich
The Dissolve
April 24, 2014
For No Good Reason is an absolute mess from start to finish, a portrait of an artist that's almost rendered redundant by his art
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Andrew Barker
April 23, 2014
The result is a bit unwieldy, casting too wide a net to really plumb its subject's depths, and defanging some of Steadman's acid wit with an overly busy, hit-and-miss aesthetic approach.
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
May 29, 2014
A mewling yet occasionally deafening - and seemingly arbitrary - soundtrack overflowing with upstart folk-rock nobodies adds little to the experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
December 5, 2013
Rarely has a film's title been so apt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
April 22, 2014
There's no questioning the love that Paul and his interview subjects feel about Steadman. But the movie's problem isn't a dearth of adoration -- it's a lack of focus.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
April 22, 2014
When a documentary feels the urge to shout about its celebrity cast with a lengthy, elaborate opening-credits sequence, could it be making up for shortcomings elsewhere?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 24, 2014
"For No Good Reason" is less revealing than a standard hourlong television tribute might have been. We learn almost nothing about Mr. Steadman's life, and too little about the non-Thompson-related aspects of his oeuvre.
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 5, 2013
Paul's decision to pepper the proceedings with animated stretches, which surely sounded good on paper, proves relatively disastrous...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2014
Visually impressive but ultimately unrevealing.
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Jesse Hassenger
AV Club
April 24, 2014
[It becomes] less interesting as it stretches to feature length, sometimes resembling a handsomely illustrated CV.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2014
Charlie Paul isn't content to let his stock footage and interviewees lead for him, driven as he is to "make something out of a frame of mind," though to needlessly busy effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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