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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
December 5, 2013
Rarely has a film's title been so apt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
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.
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.
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
April 21, 2014
Visually impressive but ultimately unrevealing.
April 24, 2014
[It becomes] less interesting as it stretches to feature length, sometimes resembling a handsomely illustrated CV.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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
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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