Mr. Rice's Secret


Mr. Rice's Secret (2000)



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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 causes, Owen is left to cope with both his own sickness and the death of his friend. Although his family proves to be unhelpful, he ultimately finds a way to prevail, thanks in part to the continuing posthumous parcels of wisdom offered by Mr. Rice.


Critic Reviews for Mr. Rice's Secret

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Jul 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This is a well-constructed film with real substance.

Apr 16, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Mar 30, 2001 | Full Review…

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

Mar 30, 2001 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Rice's Secret


Bowie has a small but pivotal role in this coming of age drama. Interesting things to say about mortality.

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