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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.

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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
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
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 (49) | Top Critics (12)

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

January 9, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

March 26, 2009

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It turns out to be disappointingly ordinary.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

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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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