What Richard Did 2013

What Richard Did

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Guided by a vividly sympathetic turn from Jack Reynor, What Richard Did explores its devastating story with probing, disquieting realism.

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Richard takes his friends to his parents' beach house to celebrate the end of the school year. He gets jealous after his girlfriend, Lara, chats with an ex-boyfriend, then he causes a tragic accident by getting into a fight.

Cast

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 (47) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (4)

  • This is thought-provoking, perceptive film-making.

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • The film has a mesmerisingly vivid things-just-happen feel to it.

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • If What Richard Did is sometimes a little too understated for its own good, this is still a classy piece of work which convincingly captures the emotionally complex, morally murky texture of real life.

    April 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • DP David Grennan and [Lenny] Abrahamson have a fine touch with the volatile ensemble dynamics of kids with high energy, quick tempers and the fragile vulnerability of youth.

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    David D'Arcy

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    May 15, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    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.

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for What Richard Did

  • Aug 12, 2013
    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 E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2013
    Have not seen any of the previous film of Lenny Abrahamson, or seen Jack Reynor acting before, but having watched 'What Richard Did' I will be looking out for the follow up work of both of them. From the wonderful character description and built up, to the gut wrenching second part of the film, this is a gripping study of a young man's moral code which is challenged on the face of adversity.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2013
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    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 W Super Reviewer

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