For No Good Reason


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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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 29, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    It's a film that paints a potent portrait of an artist of righteous, controlled fury.
  9. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 8, 2014
    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
    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.
User Score

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
    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 »