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: 63% 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.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Zero Effect drones on for two hours unraveling a convoluted blackmail plot of zero interest.

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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.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A strong debut, and a very fun movie.

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Leonard Klady

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

James Berardinelli

It turns out to be disappointingly ordinary.

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David Cornelius

Daryl Zero is a movie character for the ages.

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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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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

A hidden gem.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% 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
Brendan Nicholls
the film does drag along for a while but the overall film is quite interesting. pullman is well cast in the lead and delivers the performance needed for such a… More