The Minus Man (1999) - Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced...

IMDB: 6.1
Director: Hampton Fancher
Stars: Owen Wilson, Sheryl Crow
Length: 111 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 22 out of 106 found boring (20.75%)

One-line Reviews (89)

This film is a big waste of time.

At other points in the story, the bizarre and unpredictable nature of the characters create a thoroughly realistic ensemble which helps define the main idea behind the plot: what can we truly know about most of the people we interact with daily?

but honestly, watching paint dry would be more thrilling on the whole - although less 'psychological' I guess...

Get past the first fifteen minutes, which are rather amateur and slow.

And very, VERY boring.

The film's approach is very laid back, focusing on the ordinariness of life that hides something terrible; the pace is everything but fast, nevertheless the story is filled with some fascinating elements that compensate for the lagging rhythm.

*Yawn* .

I found the lead character (serial killer) to be very engaging.

An absorbing, carefully considered piece of genre work.

The pattern became pretty predictable, and about half-way through the movie I could feel that this movie was going to end as ambiguously as it started.

Written and directed by Blade Runner co-writer Hampton Fancher, this is a slow moving and often absorbing affair boasting three of the best actors in Hollywood: Scotland's own Brian Cox (so good as Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter) as the dad who loves to beat himself up, Janeane Garofalo as Wilson's love interest and Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl as the ill-fated mother.

To be avoided (except perhaps as a cure for insomnia).

I found it to be compelling precisely because it sneaks up on you with humor, a subtle feeling of dread and great characterizations (especially by Owen Wilson--at once appealing and creepy).

This was boring; I mean really boring.

You'll wonder what strange world you've been immersed in.

It's far more interesting and enjoyable than The Sixth Sense, for example.

For the ones who say that the movie is slow, the director wanted the movie to be slow.

It was really boring.

what I saw was dull and I didn't and couldn't spend hours talking about it.

Terribly Boring and Annoying.

The two (presumably imaginary) cops who represent his inner voice seem like too strenuous a device compared to the rest of the film, and the whole thing plays a little long, but on the whole it's an absorbing, carefully considered piece of genre work.

The storyline seemed like it could have worked as a murder-mystery thriller, but because of such poor execution, it turned out to be one of the worst movies I've seen in a while.

Even when he was supposed to be exciting and peak in energy, it was dull and boring.

I have no built in dislike for small budget, "artsy" films, but this bit of self-absorbed, pretentious fluff redefines the word BORING!

It's the kind of small locale film which can be very absorbing.

Weak, boring & no entertainment value.

With, The Minus Man, you get another lame overpraised independant film that consists of a million miles of dialogue that goes deeper and deeper into boredom.

If you are interested in character study, you'll probably find this movie fascinating.

I highly recommend it.

Unbelievable Waste of Time .

" If you need a fast car chase--miss this one--you will be bored.

it tends to move slow,but to me,it was just compelling enough to keep watching.

The slow, trancelike state seems almost like some kind of Zen experience--only about a serial killer.

Don't waste your time.

Anyway, this is a fascinating movie, and wonderfully directed by Hampton Fancher.

The worst movie in history!

it was so boring and it had no point.

Monotonous, boring, passable.

Subtle and intriguing, a work of art .

A total waste of the viewers time.

The movie seems to be based on the premise that because it's insipid, tedious protagonist, who talks almost non-stop throughout the film, occasionally kills people (in a rather insipid way) this somehow makes him interesting.

The environment, the feeling of the film was intriguing, a mixture of light and dark.

The story doesn't build, it meanders and Vann is so uninteresting that, well, the film is uninteresting too.

Don't waste your time with this film.

If you're expecting an exciting time, don't bother seeing it.

Owen Wilson plays a deranged cold-blooded serial killer that scares because he is sweet and loved by people around him, therefore totally different from the usual cliché of criminal.

A very, very boring movie .

From a technical standpoint, the lighting was completely dull and flat, and the camera work, though sufficient, was also boring.

"The Minus Man" has to be a serious contender for the title of "most boring movie ever made".

If you want riveting suspense, you too will hate this movie.

It starts out slow, and it ends like it starts.

I highly recommend it.

' I agree except that I found it fascinating rather than thrilling.

Normally if a movie is boring, I'll usually turn it off.

I was worth watching, even at 2 am.

the only complaint that I have is that it kinda dragged.

Ultimately what makes it such a superior product is the tight ensemble cast, the quiet understated tension (an aspect which is painfully rare in serial-killer-on-the-loose scenarios) and a fresh, unpredictable story line.

Waste of time.

Pretentious and not in the least interesting.

Instead, it lulls you into a somnambulant realm of subtle observation, giving you plenty of time to contemplate the characters as they slowly develop.

Unfortunately, I found the plot to be so dull that I couldn't even finish watching it.

Thirty minutes into the film, I pressed the eject button and began to look for something more vital and exciting to watch, such as reruns of "The Partridge Family".

Fresh and engaging.

The other character were equally as strange, but Wilson's character was the most fascinating to watch.


Even serial killers can be a bore.

Portrayals of "stoic" serial killers are nothing new, but this depiction (or Wilson's "acting") is tepid, bland, drowsy...

Owen Wilson, one of the most overrated and boring actors of our time stars in the most boring psycho-film ever made.

But this movie was slow moving but kind of intriguing from the start.

Gripping stuff!

Ms. reuhl is allowed to be troubled and complex and still maintain her smouldering, mature sexuality while Mr. Cox is still engaging despite his David Lynchian psychotic episodes.

If you like thrillers, horror, psychological drama, and intriguing stories, you might find this movie very much to your liking.

Beauty may be in the "eye of the beholder", but I fail to see any reason why this film would evoke anything but an enormous YAWN!

I almost feel bad criticising this movie because it's not an outright turkey and means well, but frankly it was often a bore to watch.

Engaging thriller .

We are made to sympathize with his obvivious moral confusion.

The most boring movie I have ever had the misfortune to watch.

I must say, the exquisite trailer for this movie was very entertaining, but the movie left me feeling empty.

Unfortunately, Wilson's character is completely uninteresting (not to mention still annoying upon the second viewing), and his story isn't all that thrilling either.

Super Slow .

Her character this time is really insecure, kinda dull, and...

Recently re-viewed this film again, and was struck by the direction, overall intriguing performances and suspense throughout.

I thought this movie was a waste of time.

Lulling out an intriguing portrait...

It wasn't suspenseful, had no action, no plot, nothing.

"The Minus Man" follows the rather boring activities of Vann (Wilson), a young man who drives into town, settles in a rented room, becomes a postal worker, and apparently kills people.

This movie is flat out boring.

Outstanding in its Field and Balances the Genre with a Very Different Take on the Psychosis of the Psycho with a Rare and Riveting Reversal of Expectations.

But too many times, the suspense is diffused too early by voice overs from the killer, reflecting on mundane things.