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Blackmail Boy (Oxygono) Reviews

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Their super-tawdry film becomes as compulsively watchable as it is often inadvertently laughable.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

Without its soporific asides, Oxygono would have succeeded in creating its own tone of intelligent noir irreverence.

Full Review Source: european-films.net

April 9, 2006
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

If only this were a farce, but, no, it's deadly earnest and eventually just deadly.

February 27, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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In definite need of a sea breeze to cool off its overheated characters, the Greek melodrama Blackmail Boy reaches for tragedy but settles for soap opera.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

January 6, 2006

E! Online

The movie crumbles under the weight of its own serious-mindedness.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D

January 6, 2006
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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It's a mean-spirited exercise in stilted outrageousness.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 5, 2006
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There are moments of amusing melodrama, but for the most part, the action is too preposterous to take seriously, and too serious to be very much fun.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 18, 2005
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Toward the end, there's a delightful dream sequence, which shows that director-writers Michalis Reppas and Thanassis Papathanasiou aren't complete hacks. Perhaps they'll do better the next time out.

| Original Score: 1/4

November 18, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The tone is so poorly established that it takes a while to realize its cavalcade of outrageous misfortunes is meant to be farcical, not melodramatic.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 18, 2005
Anita Gates
New York Times
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The Greek film Blackmail Boy has the feel of farce at times, but much of the time it just seems determined to shock.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

November 17, 2005
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The hysteria is relentless: shrieking, punching, puking, trigger pulling. Overheard bits of inane party chatter provide the only moments of levity; otherwise the theater of cruelty slogs on with no cathartic release.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 15, 2005
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The only trick the filmmakers pull off is wasting a perfectly cute Tsimitselis on a pair of underwear two sizes too big.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 10, 2005

AV Club
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December 6, 2005
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