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Experience 15 years in the life of acclaimed illustrator Ralph Steadman, whose surreal, often confrontational artwork is frequently associated with Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson thanks to such books as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Curse of Lono. A look back at Steadman's remarkable career offers a glimpse into his vivid imagination as interviews with Johnny Depp, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Tim Robbins and others offer insight into the man behind the legend. Meanwhile, Steadman watches as his drawings are brought to life through the magic of animation for the very… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary."
‑ Soren Anderson, Seattle Times
"As wonderful as it is to watch the man work, and to review many of the startling images he created over the years, the film has its dead spots."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The process of creating a painting isn't as automatically intertesting as, say, that of making a film, but...the technical and artistic inspirations that fuel an artist can sometimes be as fascinating as the finished work."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Steadman's illustrations could burst with baroque details, but one thing you would never call them is "busy." They had a focus, a mission, that "For No Good Reason" often lacks."
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"It's most compelling when the focus is on Steadman, allowing him to describe his feelings about fame and his artistic process - or perhaps more accurately, the method to his madness."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"The film makes it clear that not only was Steadman perfect for Thompson's work (and a big part of his success), his work stands on its own artistically."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"This is most worthwhile for its scenes of Steadman at work, flinging ink all over the place and turning the splatter marks into his signature grotesques."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Despite intending to expand upon Steadman's output and impact, the documentary boils the importance of his oeuvre down to the obvious."
‑ Sarah Ward, FILMINK (Australia)
"[For No Good Reason] paints a strong portrait of the illustrator through archival footage, photography, and long discussions with Steadman about his artistic process."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"The movie always circles back to Thompson, as if Steadman were a tetherball attached to the writer. In this way, Paul doesn't quite justify the need for a feature film about his subject (as opposed to, say, a profile segment on '60 Minutes')."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason.""
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ John Semley, Globe and Mail
"It's satisfying that the film exists, as an overdue tribute to an artist who can be appreciated even by those with limited patience for Thompson's posturing prose."
‑ Jake Wilson, Sydney Morning Herald
"A film for admirers of artist Ralph Steadman, people whose politics align with Steadman's politics and the most devoted followers of Steadman's celebrity fan, Johnny Depp."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Though friendly and humorous in his jaunty nautical cap, Steadman seems reluctant to give much away about his private life. Fortunately his work - scabrous, anarchic and utterly merciless - more than speaks for itself."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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