Mr. Rice's Secret
Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)

David Bowie plays this drama's title character, a strange Englishman who lives next door to Owen Walters (Bill Switzer), a 13-year-old suffering from cancer. Mr. Rice offers Owen life-affirming advice, and when he dies of mysterious… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The characters are stereotypes. Owen's world includes a loving mother, a stern but well-meaning father, a fat bully and a skinny weakling.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

The film benefits from several strong performances, especially by the young, largely unknown, cast.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This is a well-constructed film with real substance.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The filmmakers have created a movie which is didactic, yet not condescending, and inspirational without being corny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
Bowie has a small but pivotal role in this coming of age drama. Interesting things to say about mortality.