The Minus Man
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Notable as the directorial debut of Blade Runner co-scripter Hampton Fancher, this darkly comic thriller stars affable Owen Wilson as Vann Siegert, a different brand of serial killer: one who actually believes he's doing his deeply depressed victims a service of mercy. Wandering up the West Coast, Vann chooses victims from a parade of colorful social misfits -- including a haggard junkie (singer Sheryl Crow) whose pain he ends with a nip from his flask of poison amaretto -- and expounds on his motives with a pocket tape recorder (a drawling monologue that serves as the film's narrative… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A sociopathic serial poisoner provides everyone with the nihilistic zero they need in this intelligent and disheartening dramatic thriller for Generation Blank."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"The film's measured pace might not be for every viewer, but it added greatly to the tension."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"An odd, odd (did I say odd) portrait of a serial killer set against a backdrop that is plum smack in the middle of white bread, Ozzie and Harriet, America."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"This creepy serial killer tale had more fright in it than the more highly touted "Felicia's Journey.""
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A powerful performance by Wilson....and believe me, you've never seen him like this!"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A marginal but very interesting work."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"...too sluggish and too dispassionate to make much of an impression."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Horrible character piece. Nothing happens and you don't care why."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Coming at a time when people seem to be looking outwards for causes of violence, this movie challenges us to instead reflect inwards."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"Too many pieces of the puzzle are left out in what comes off as a rather strained and obvious attempt to leave things up for discussion."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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