Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 9, 2013
    100
    Every detail of What Richard Did rings true.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    May 14, 2013
    88
    In one of the most wrenching performances I have seen on the screen in some time, it’s thrilling to watch a young actor with passion and charisma explore so many avenues of damage control with so much depth, allowing the viewer to grapple with an unsettling variety of personal emotions.
  3. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    May 9, 2013
    88
    Director Lenny Abrahamson’s latest film has its roots in the notorious death of a teenager outside a Dublin nightclub, later detailed in Kevin Power’s novel “Bad Day in Blackrock.” The pensive, gray-tinged What Richard Did unfolds this downbeat tale in long scenes, but seldom feels slow.
  4. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    May 7, 2013
    80
    The film feel[s] like a Bergman homage without earning the clunky label "Bergmanesque."
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    May 7, 2013
    80
    This teen drama from Ireland is split almost perfectly down the middle: First, 40 understated minutes following a local golden boy named Richard (Jack Reynor) as he enjoys his last summer before college, trailed by 40-odd gut-wrenching minutes surveying the fallout from a single violent act he foolishly commits at a party.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    Abrahamson has pulled off something quietly remarkable: a study of morality which never feels like a treatise, a bracingly realistic film about teenagers which never becomes patronising and a gripping melodrama which swerves sentiment. He may also have unearthed a genuine star.
  7. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    A tough, impactful film that offers a sometimes uncomfortable but always gripping examination of cause and effect.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    An acutely compassionate account of unshakeable guilt.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 25, 2013
    80
    What Richard Did is an engrossing and intelligent drama that throbs in the mind for hours after the final credits.
  10. Reviewed by: Tina Hassannia
    Apr 25, 2013
    75
    The film's structure as a character study helps to subtly underscore the flawed justifications of a privileged kid's thought patterns and unchallenged value system.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 25, 2013
    70
    But even 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 25, 2013
    60
    In the end, the material feels a bit attenuated, like a short that’s been stretched to feature length, even if the characters are enjoyable, sympathetic enough company for the pic’s 84-minute running time.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Apr 25, 2013
    60
    An impressive study of guilt, responsibility and the bad things that happen to good people.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 25, 2013
    2
    Credible acting is the only reason I'm giving it as much as I did. There's very little else to recommend it. Nothing in the way of insightful, intriguing, or compelling drama is present, and the entire story could have been told in an hour or less. Like your films to entertain you? I'd skip this one. Full Review »
  2. Jun 16, 2013
    8
    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. Full Review »
  3. May 12, 2013
    9
    "What Richard Did" is an intense drama showing how a decent family's life can be jolted by a split second mistake. At some point, the norm represents Richard; middle class, friendly, educated, in love and a very good son who is about to confront himself and his conscience. Full Review »