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Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 29, 2014
    75
    Although Steadman’s artwork seems like sloppy pen-and-ink caricature, there’s a method to the madness.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    May 22, 2014
    75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    May 15, 2014
    75
    Lovingly detailed with animated and archival imagery, For No Good Reason shares the fine-grain layered style of its subject.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 1, 2014
    75
    For No Good Reason rambles too much for its own good, compared to more traditional documentaries. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    May 1, 2014
    75
    The British illustrator’s process of creating his surreally deranged, truth-to-power cartoons is fascinating, but the rest of the film lacks the same mad spark.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 24, 2014
    75
    Narrated by Johnny Depp, a portrait emerges of an anarchic, humble spirit who now fears becoming "a visual polluter."
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 29, 2014
    70
    Steadman is great fodder for a documentary, as he has continued to produce his signature works. But if you're going to make a movie about Ralph Steadman, make it about Ralph Steadman.
  8. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 22, 2014
    70
    It's a film that paints a potent portrait of an artist of righteous, controlled fury.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 8, 2014
    63
    One of the best things about the documentary is their interaction, as Depp visits Steadman at his home in the English countryside — surely, it has a garden? — watching him draw and paint (and splatter) in his studio while asking him questions about his life and work.
  10. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Apr 25, 2014
    63
    The signal virtue of For No Good Reason, a documentary about Steadman, is that it puts a lot of that work up on the big screen to galvanic effect.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Jan 1, 2014
    60
    The story is rich in juicy anecdotes and epochal events, even if the man behind these striking images remains a little too elusive throughout.
  12. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 1, 2014
    60
    The inventively shot and constructed documentary For No Good Reason is an absorbing look at the unique, surreal work of British cartoonist Ralph Steadman.
  13. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jun 11, 2014
    58
    It's a pleasing tribute to Steadman, but there's a sense that Paul would really prefer to focus on Thompson's brand of altered-state brilliance, which has been covered in documentaries before. If you're a gonzo completist, For No Good Reason is a must-see.
  14. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Apr 24, 2014
    58
    Early on, Steadman talks about his humor needing to have a “slightly maniacal” edge. For No Good Reason has no such thing; it’s gently informative and amusing the whole way through.
  15. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Jun 11, 2014
    50
    For No Good Reason comes alive whenever the camera sits back and records Steadman attacking a blank piece of paper.
  16. Reviewed by: John Semley
    May 15, 2014
    50
    Unfortunately, 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    May 8, 2014
    50
    Offers some memorable stories, but it simply tries too hard.
  18. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    For No Good Reason is less revealing than a standard hourlong television tribute might have been... But there is enough of the man and artist here to rekindle interest and appreciation in his often disturbing pictures and an understanding of what motivated them.
  19. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    While the effort is admirable, 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.
  20. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Apr 23, 2014
    50
    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. And yet, for all its failings, the film is engagingly in tune with the man who inspired it.
  21. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 21, 2014
    50
    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.
  22. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jul 11, 2014
    40
    Steadman is a fascinating talent with a fascinating process and a fascinating perspective on the world. Maybe somebody will make a definitive documentary about him one day. Unfortunately, For No Good Reason isn't it.
  23. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Jan 1, 2014
    40
    It’s a shame, because there’s a good, solid documentary to be made about this fascinating, enormously talented, slightly self-congratulatory little man and his unmistakeable ouevre.
  24. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jan 1, 2014
    40
    When this film focuses on the work, it’s engaging.
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  1. May 17, 2014
    10
    A great film about a fascinating bloke. Using archive and motion control and animation to tell his story in a way never seen before in theA great film about a fascinating bloke. Using archive and motion control and animation to tell his story in a way never seen before in the cinema. Congrats all round... Full Review »