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What Richard Did (2013)



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Newcomer Jack Reynor (to be seen in the upcoming Transformers sequel) and Róisín Murphy star alongside Sam Keeley (The Other Side of Sleep, Misfits), and Lars Mikkelsen ("The Killing") in this striking portrait adapted from Kevin Powers' award-winning book "Bad Day in Blackrock." The world is bright and everything seems possible for Richard Karlsen (Reynor), the golden boy of his privileged set of Dublin teens, until he does something that destroys it all and shatters the lives of the people closest to him. Featuring extraordinary performances from its largely young cast, What Richard Did is a quietly devastating study of a boy confronting the gap between who he thought he was and who he proves to be. (c) Tribecamore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Malcolm Campbell
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On DVD: Jun 23, 2014
Tribeca Films - Official Site


Jack Reynor
as Richard Carlsen
Sam Keeley
as Conor Harris
Lars Mikkelsen
as Peter Karlsen
Gavin Drea
as Stephen
Mella Carron
as Sophie Kilroy
Aoife Duffin
as Pub Landlady
David Fennelly
as Boy in Cubicle
Padraic Delaney
as Pat Kilroy
Lorraine Pilkington
as Katherine Karlsen
David Herlihy
as Brendan Harris
Gabrielle Reidy
as Eileen Harris
Leah Minto
as Lara's Friend
Peter Coonan
as Bouncer
Morgan Morris
as Jake's Friend
Cal Kenealy
as Gate Crasher
Ger Mullally
as Male Detective
Ruth McGill
as Female Detective
Tom Hickey
as Priest
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Critic Reviews for What Richard Did

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

You may be shocked by your own reactions to "what Richard did," but you won't soon forget the movie in which he did them.

Full Review… | May 15, 2013
New York Observer
Top Critic

Abrahamson's penetrating film asks - and does not answer - whether one viciously criminal moment is an aberration, or whether it reveals the weak, shabby person who was there all along.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Mr. Reynor's portrayal of this man-child is an extraordinary screen performance in which his face registers all the conflicting emotions gripping Richard. We see every layer of him, from the scared inner child to the suave, entitled ladies' man.

Full Review… | May 9, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

[Feels] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

A satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.

Full Review… | May 7, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A low-key but compelling morality tale.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What Richard Did


This Irish feature seems to aim for the ice-cold detachment of Bruno Dumont but ultimately comes off more like a well performed after-school special. It's title character is a popular young Dublin rugby player who accidentally kills another teen in a drunken brawl. Director Lenny Abrahamson opts for the usual easy targets wheeled out by conservatives, (drinking, underage sex, foreign influences) rather than exploring the dog-eat-dog culture of it's South Dublin middle-class setting. Jack Reynor is impressive in the title role but it's a film that feels indecisive rather than ambiguous.

The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer


Based on True Events centering on the youth of Modern Day Ireland, 'What Richard Did' is a fine intelligent and absorbing drama, following the tough times of an adolescent involved in a violent incident that may change him forever. The film never over exaggerates its bleak tones among its smooth scripting, deft editing and fine performances from such a gifted cast. Highly recommened for the most persistant viewer in search of realistic drama on such a suttle and refreshing scale.

Luke Eberhard
Luke Eberhard

Super Reviewer


Strikingly acted and impressively made film that for me stood alongside narratively similar films like Mean Creek and, especially, Paranoid Park, exploring how one moment can change someone irrevocably on the inside (though perhaps not on the outside). Jack Reynor is outstanding.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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