What Richard Did


What Richard Did

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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) Tribeca

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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 (34) | Top Critics (10)

  • 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

    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…
  • 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.

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 5/5
  • [Feels] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."

    May 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A satisfyingly knotted moral fable with some very memorable performances, including a fine piece of charismatic brooding from Reynor.

    May 7, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Matt Singer

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • A low-key but compelling morality tale.

    Jan 22, 2013

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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