For No Good Reason
For No Good Reason (2014)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: For No Good Reason is a solid but surface-level look at gonzo artist Ralph Steadman's artistry and eccentricities.

Soren Anderson
Seattle Times

Meet Ralph Steadman and his nightmare visions of a world in pain, revealed in a mesmerizing documentary.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Jim Schembri

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Sarah Ward
FILMINK (Australia)

Despite intending to expand upon Steadman's output and impact, the documentary boils the importance of his oeuvre down to the obvious.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Giving an overlooked luminary his due is reason enough for "For No Good Reason."

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John Semley
Globe and Mail

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.

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Jake Wilson
Sydney Morning Herald

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.

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