For No Good Reason

Metascore
56

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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    May 8, 2014
    50
    Offers some memorable stories, but it simply tries too hard.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jan 1, 2014
    40
    When this film focuses on the work, it’s engaging.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 »