No No: A Dockumentary

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No No: A Dockumentary
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Sundance film poster
Directed byJeff Radice
Produced byJeff Radice
Chris Cortez
Sam Wainwright Douglas
Scott Calonico
Jeffrey Brown
Mike Blizzard
Music byAdam Horovitz
CinematographyJohn Fiege
Edited bySam Wainwright Douglas
Release date
  • January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) (Sundance)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States

No No: A Dockumentary is a 2014 American documentary film directed and produced by Jeff Radice.[1] The film premiered in competition category of U.S. Documentary Competition program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2014.[2][3]


The film details the life story of American professional baseball player Dock Ellis, his prolific career, his addictions to alcohol and amphetamines, his efforts to help other addicts until his death in 2008, and the no-hitter he threw while under the influence of LSD.[4][5]


The film received overwhelmingly positive response from critics. Duane Byrge of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film positive review and said that "More than just a documentary focusing on one man’s life, No No: A Dockumentary is not told just between the foul lines. It rounds several story bases: It flexes as a window on the cataclysmic changes of the late 1960s and ’70s, and documents Ellis’ substance abuse."[6] Steve Greene from Indiewire in his review said that "No No: A Dockumentary becomes a supremely successful biography in acknowledging the reason for Ellis’ fame while showing how that story is just a sliver of what defined his later years" and that "No-No exists as both a measured and vibrant portrait in equal measure, a fitting tribute to a life that encompassed both of those same qualities."[7] Amber Wilkinson of The Daily Telegraph gave the film four out of five stars and praised the director Jeff Radice by saying that "Radice takes an inventive approach to Ellis's story, using a terrific Seventies soundtrack, animation and manipulated still photography – frequently featuring trippy pops of colour – to maintain the momentum. He also approaches the tale with a sense of humour, even though he never plays down the havoc the pitcher's addictions wreaked on his personal life. An effortless home run."[8] Drew Taylor, in his review for The Playlist, praised the film that "No No is a jazzy, joyful exploration of a man that, if he wasn't able to actually change the system, was at least happy with giving it the middle finger."[9]


  1. ^ "2014 Sundance Docs in Focus: No No: A Dockumentary". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Sundance 2014: U.S. Documentary Competition". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Sundance 2014: What happened After Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD? -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Trailer: Sundance-Bound 'No No: A Dockumentary' (On Misunderstood Career Of Pirates Great Dock Ellis)". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  5. ^ "'No No,' a Documentary on MLB Pitcher Dock Ellis, Who Pitched a No-Hitter While Tripping on Acid". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  6. ^ "No No: A Dockumentary: Sundance Review". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Sundance Review: 'No No: A Dockumentary' is Far More Than Simply a Look at the Day When Baseball and LSD Mixed". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Sundance 2014, No No: A Dockumentary, review". Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  9. ^ "Sundance Review: Dock Ellis Baseball Doc 'No No' A Delightful Trip Around The Bases". Retrieved 12 April 2014.

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