The Secret: Dare to Dream

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The Secret: Dare to Dream
The Secret Dare to Dream poster.png
Theatrical release poster with original release date
Directed byAndy Tennant
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onThe Secret
by Rhonda Byrne
Music byGeorge Fenton
CinematographyAndrew Dunn
Edited byTroy Takaki
  • Savvy Media Holdings
  • Robert Cort Productions
  • Covert Media
  • Illumination Productions
  • Shine Box
  • Tri G
Distributed by
Release date
  • July 31, 2020 (2020-07-31) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$9.2 million[1]
Box office$264,720[2]

The Secret: Dare to Dream is a 2020 American drama film directed by Andy Tennant, from a screenplay by Tennant, Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks. It is based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It stars Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O'Connell, and Celia Weston.

It was released through video on demand on July 31, 2020, by Roadside Attractions and Gravitas Ventures.


Miranda Wells is a hard-working young widow struggling to raise three children on her own. A powerful storm brings a devastating challenge and a mysterious handyman, Bray Johnson, into her life. Bray's presence and his belief in the power of positive thinking re-ignites the family's spirit, but he carries a secret, which could change everything.[3][4]



In August 2017, it was announced Katie Holmes had joined the cast of the film, with Andy Tennant directing from a screenplay he wrote alongside Bekah Brunstetter and Rick Parks, based on the 2006 self-help book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.[5] The book has been translated into 50 languages and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for 190 weeks.[6] In September 2018, Josh Lucas joined the cast of the film.[7] In November 2018, Jerry O'Connell and Celia Weston joined the cast of the film.[8]


Principal photography began on October 30, 2018, in New Orleans.[9]


In November 2019, Roadside Attractions and Gravitas Ventures acquired distribution rights to the film.[3] It was scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, however due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was pulled from the schedule. Roadside Attractions will announce a new theatrical release "[o]nce clarity for a safe and comfortable moviegoing experience is established".[10] The film released through video on demand on July 31, 2020.[11]


VOD sales[edit]

In its debut weekend, The Secret: Dare to Dream was the top-rented film on FandangoNow, second at Apple TV, and 10th on Spectrum.[12]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 26% based on 31 reviews, with a weighted average of 4.5/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "For those who Dare to Dream of a worthy dramatic adaptation of The Secret, this sodden romance will prove a disappointment too painful to visualize."[13] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 32 out of 100, based on 11 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[14]


  1. ^ "Initial Certification Search" (Type "Secret" in the search box). Fastlane NextGen. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Secret: Dare to Dream". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b N'Duka, Amanda (November 22, 2019). "Katie Holmes & Josh Lucas Drama 'The Secret: Dare to Dream' Lands At Gravitas". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  4. ^ Ritman, Alex (1 November 2018). "Jerry O'Connell, Celia Weston Join Katie Holmes in 'The Secret Movie'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  5. ^ Lang, Brent (August 9, 2017). "Katie Holmes to Star in Adaptation of Best-Selling Book 'The Secret'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Stewart, John (22 November 2019). "Katie Holmes' 'The Secret' Movie Acquired by Gravitas Ventures". Slanted. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 24, 2018). "Katie Holmes & Josh Lucas Pic 'The Secret' Gets Backing From Tri-G, Savvy Media & Shine Box Ahead Of New Orleans Shoot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  8. ^ Ritman, Alex (November 1, 2018). "Jerry O'Connell, Celia Weston Join Katie Holmes in 'The Secret Movie' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  9. ^ Lopez, Kenny (October 15, 2018). "Katie Holmes set to star in "The Secret" filming in New Orleans". Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  10. ^ Day-Ramos, Dino (March 17, 2020). "Roadside Attractions Postpones Release Of Katie Holmes And Josh Lucas Drama 'The Secret: Dare To Dream'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Ray-Ramos, Dino (July 17, 2020). "'The Secret: Dare To Dream' Sets PVOD Release After Theatrical Date Halted By Coronavirus – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  12. ^ Brueggemann, Tom (August 3, 2020). "'The Secret: Dare to Dream' Soars on PVOD as 'The Rental' and 'The Outpost' Hold Strong". IndieWire. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  13. ^ "The Secret: Dare to Dream (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  14. ^ "The Secret: Dare to Dream Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 3, 2020.

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