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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 victim Gregory Stark (Ryan O'Neal), Zero sets up a sting operation and soon focuses on his suspect, Gloria Sullivan (Kim Dickens), a woman he met at a health club. Thinking Zero is an accountant, she asks him to look over her tax return. Clues form a trail to hitman Kragan Vincent (Matt O'Toole), who could be Gloria's father. Amid the romance and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's an idiosyncratic talent at work here with the potential to blossom into bigger, better and more accomplished films."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A hidden gem."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"An inspired and off-kilter crime caper that wears its infectious quirkiness like a badge of honor"
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
"The younger Kasdan stages each scene handsomely, but as a writer he stretches potentially witty snaps into disagreeably languorous melodrama."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Kasdan's is a very promising debut, its own dearth of feeling offset by able writing, engaging playing and a sure sense of pace."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A strong debut, and a very fun movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A charmingly off-center little film with intriguing plot twists and engaging characters."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Not only is it hilarious, but it's a damn good detective story that has fun toying around with all the tired old conventions of the detective story"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"A nifty psychological thriller that puts a few new twists on the well worn detective genre."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Both Mr. Pullman and the slyly restrained Mr. Stiller keep their characters entertaining even when Mr. Kasdan's interest is elsewhere."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Daryl Zero is a movie character for the ages."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Awesome mystery with quirky characters and great twists."
‑ Fred Topel,
"The wryly intelligent, creative script serves the story, the characters and the actors well, never disappointing in ingenuity or opportunities for uncanny comic timing."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's very humorous, my companions and I had a great time, and it's interesting. Sorry to be so brief, I'm trying to add a little mystery here!"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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