No No: A Dockumentary Reviews

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June 8, 2020
Even the title of Jeffrey Radice's portrait of a fabulous eccentric is a tad inside baseball.
November 27, 2019
The film comes at the right time. I wanted nothing more than to grab a hot dog and six-pack and watch the boys of summer of today continue the magical tradition of which Dock Ellis is a part.
November 28, 2018
No No: A Dockumentary explores the incident, Ellis' rebellious life, and the contextual culture of the 1960s and '70s that turned the player into a low-key folk hero.
September 6, 2018
What all of this shows is that the universe has no god, and that good and evil have nothing to do with its structure. Morality is human. Greatness is immoral.
October 16, 2014
What really distinguishes this... is its candid-and surprisingly flippant-treatment of widespread drug use in major league baseball.
September 23, 2014
Ellis emerges from the movie as a complex and thoughtful character. He loved to say and do outrageous things, but seldom did so without a calculated purpose.
September 12, 2014
A pic that in all likelihood wouldn't have been made if Dock hadn't pitched a no-hitter on acid and became such a national folk-hero to many.
September 11, 2014
Radice does an honorable if not always scintillating job of paying tribute to a great team and a player with a phenomenal slider, whose politics and personal style pushed the sport's most racially ingrained boundaries.
September 8, 2014
While the film's sense of chronology is at times strained and its tale of redemption hardly unique, its subject is certainly one of a kind.
September 5, 2014
The film offers a compelling chronicle of Ellis through interviews and archival footage, detailing his triumphs and struggles, both on and off the field.
September 5, 2014
Although the LSD no-hitter was likely never to have happened, there are enough wild stories about a 60s wild man to keep you captivated.
September 5, 2014
Radice's entertaining film does justice to his complex legacy.
September 5, 2014
Documentary on controversial 1970s Major League pitcher Dock Ellis is all over the field, but gradually settles down to eke out a win.
September 5, 2014
Radice talks with plenty of Ellis' teammates, family members and charmed-then-beleaguered wives, and he makes good use of archival interviews and footage in constructing his engaging portrait of a complicated but vivid sports figure.
September 4, 2014
Funny, entertaining, required viewing for fans of the game, but accessible to those who can't tell a bat from a ball, it's a home run of sorts, though as a pitcher, that's the last thing Dock Ellis would want it to be called.
September 4, 2014
As this smart and sympathetic profile shows, Dock Ellis didn't need a no-hitter, stoned or otherwise, to define himself; he was his own best work.
September 4, 2014
Unfailingly entertaining and occasionally even mind-blowing.
September 4, 2014
This is a portrait of Ellis the high-living character, certainly, but also Ellis the racial and cultural trailblazer.
September 4, 2014
Sure, you may come for the LSD antics, but you'll want to stay for the film's riveting lens on seismic changes in baseball and American culture at large.
September 4, 2014
They absolutely, positively don't make 'em like that anymore.
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