Zero Effect
Zero Effect (1997)

This comic thriller centers on private detective Daryl Zero and his partner Steve who are hired by a blackmail victim. They immediately set up a sting operation focusing on Zero's main suspect, Gloria. Clues lead to hitman Kragon, who… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 7, 1998
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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

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

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James Berardinelli

It turns out to be disappointingly ordinary.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A strong debut, and a very fun movie.

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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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Elizabeth Williams

Try as it might, "Zero Effect" just doesn't amount to much.

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David Cornelius

Daryl Zero is a movie character for the ages.

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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.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Kasdan is onto something, but he needs to develop it. If he tries to bring Daryl Zero back for a sequel, maybe he'll have a better idea of what to do with his eccentric private eye.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A hidden gem.

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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