"[Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins] sneaks up on you - you discover it, like a 'sleeper.' I found it a funny, velvety film, with the kind of tenderness that you can almost feel on your fingertips. The picture isn't directed for straightforward excitement; it's a sidewise vision. Dick Richards is a real southpaw."
"The Culpepper Cattle Co. puts across... gruff insights about a way of life now long past."
- Jay Cocks
“Tootsie restores the original meaning to the term "situation comedy."
“Dick Richards, who also directed "Farewell, My Lovely," has a good eye for eccentric faces and backgrounds: he comes up with a few memorable human tableaux [in "March or Die"], as when a bunch of legionnaires stand quietly in a sepia-toned glow, listening to a pianist play "Plaisir D'Amour."
- Todd McCarthy
- Pauline Kael
"Man, Woman and Child is a sweetly dramatic picture... [with] fine performances, tautly directed."
- Roger Ebert
Director, Writer, Producer
“Farewell, My Lovely never steps wrong… One reason is that Dick Richards, the director, takes his material and character absolutely seriously. He is not uneasy with it, as Robert Altman was when he had Elliott Gould flirt with seriousness in The Long Goodbye. Richards doesn't hedge his bet… Farewell, My Lovely" is a great entertainment and a celebration of Robert Mitchum's absolute originality. It also announces the arrival of Richards as a promising new American director… Here is a totally assured piece of work.”
“Tootsie” is a lulu. Remarkably funny and entirely convincing, film pulls off the rare accomplishment of being an in-drag comedy which also emerges with three-dimensional characters."
"Dick Richards proves he's a blockbuster of a talent. I think [Farewell, My Lovely] was the kind of movie Bogart would have stood in line to see."
- Vincent Canby
- Pauline Kael
- Janet Maslin
“Richards has a feelings for momentary encounters: what might be throwaways for another director are his most acutely realizes moments."
- Rex Reed