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  • Summary: Made over the course of fifteen years, For No Good Reason explores the connection between art and life through the eyes of Ralph Steadman, the last of the original Gonzo visionaries. Insightful, humorous, and visually stunning, this is a study in honesty, friendship, and the ambition that drives an artist. Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 the cinema. Congrats all round... Expand

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