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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
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
May 29, 2014
Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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.
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
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
May 15, 2014
Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2014
Portrait of the artist as a young (and old) gonzo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2014
There's no more exciting effect in the documentary than the look of pure pleasure on Depp's face as he stands by Steadman's drawing table, peeking over his shoulder as he attacks a sheet of paper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
May 1, 2014
The most rewarding parts of the film feature Steadman simply talking about his influences (Picasso, among others) and his youthful goal of changing the world through art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2014
Ultimately it's a fan letter, full of more awe and loving than "Fear and Loathing," and meant mostly for other admirers.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2014
I learned more about Steadman than I had known, and was glad to do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
April 24, 2014
Depp does a fine job of narrating unobtrusively, negotiating Steadman's free-ranging musings and keeping them on track. Steadman is genial, witty and self-deprecating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2014
The salient, liveliest parts of For No Good Reason - the title comes from Thompson's reply when Steadman once asked him, "Why are we doing this?" - are to be found in the artist's display of his work and recollections of the eccentrics he met.
April 24, 2014
[It becomes] less interesting as it stretches to feature length, sometimes resembling a handsomely illustrated CV.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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 22, 2014
For No Good Reason details the famed wild-man cartoonist's career with a stylistic daring that doesn't quite match its subject's, but is nonetheless in keeping with his unconventional spirit.
April 21, 2014
Visually impressive but ultimately unrevealing.
March 31, 2014
Nothing special, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 2, 2014
The inventively shot and constructed documentary "For No Good Reason" is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
December 5, 2013
Rarely has a film's title been so apt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5