Zero Effect (1997)



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

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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 could be Gloria's father.
R (adult situations/language)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Bill Pullman
as Daryl Zero
Ben Stiller
as Steve Arlo
Ryan O'Neal
as Gregory Stark
Kim Dickens
as Gloria Sullivan
Hugh Ross
as Bill
Matt O'Toole
as Kragan Vincent
Robert Katims
as Gerald Auerbach
Tyrone Henry
as Staffer No. 1
Aleta Barthell
as Staffer No. 2
Tapp Watkins
as Firefighter
Wendy Westerwelle
as Motel Clerk
Lauren Hasson
as Little Kid
David Doty
as Officer Hagans
J.W. Crawford
as Convention Employee
Fred Parnes
as Chuck
Luisa Sermol
as Waitress
Marvin L. Sanders
as Astronomer No. 1
Doug Baldwin
as Astronomer No. 2
Robert Blanche
as Paramedic No. 1
Margot Demeter
as Clarissa Devereau
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Critic Reviews for Zero Effect

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (11)

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Zero Effect

Starts off a little slow but once it gets going, it really goes. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

A satisfactory entertainer in the veins of Sherlock Holmes.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


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 performances. Excellent brain teaser. Funny. Intriguing. Watch this movie,...NOW.

Dean L
Dean L

Super Reviewer

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