Zero Effect
Zero Effect (1997)

Jake Kasdan made his feature film directorial debut with this oblique thriller about eccentric private detective Daryl Zero (Bill Pullman) and his sardonic front man partner Steve Arlo (Ben Stiller). After the two are hired by blackmail… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 7, 1998
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
64%
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User Score
77%



Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A promising debut for writer/director Jake Kasdan, Zero Effect overcomes its flaws with its off-kilter humor and likeable leads.

Leonard Klady
Variety

There's an idiosyncratic talent at work here with the potential to blossom into bigger, better and more accomplished films.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is one of those movies that creeps up on you, insidiously gathering power. By the end, I was surprised how much I was involved.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A hidden gem.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Kasdan's is a very promising debut, its own dearth of feeling offset by able writing, engaging playing and a sure sense of pace.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A strong debut, and a very fun movie.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

A charmingly off-center little film with intriguing plot twists and engaging characters.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Both Mr. Pullman and the slyly restrained Mr. Stiller keep their characters entertaining even when Mr. Kasdan's interest is elsewhere.

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David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

Daryl Zero is a movie character for the ages.

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Fred Topel
About.com

Awesome mystery with quirky characters and great twists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
Starts off a little slow but once it gets going, it really goes. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Aaron Neuwirth
Steve Arlo: Why are we talking on the phone? Daryl Zero: I told you. We can't be too careful. Two guys in an airport... talking? It's a little fishy.… More
familiar stranger
A satisfactory entertainer in the veins of Sherlock Holmes.
Michael Gildea
Started off pretty well, but lost it's oddness as it went on.
Dean L
Little seen gem, this sleeper phenom is simply a must watch. Pullman is at his best and the character he creates is simply wonderful to behold. Great… More
Stephen Earnest
The first 45 minutes of Zero Effect are some of the best 45 minutes I've ever seen in a movie. It's so stylistic and exuberant that it's… More