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Blackmail Boy (Oxygono) Reviews

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 10, 2005
The only trick the filmmakers pull off is wasting a perfectly cute Tsimitselis on a pair of underwear two sizes too big.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 15, 2005
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.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 6, 2006
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 18, 2005
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
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Anita Gates
New York Times
November 17, 2005
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
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
January 5, 2006
It's a mean-spirited exercise in stilted outrageousness.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 27, 2006
If only this were a farce, but, no, it's deadly earnest and eventually just deadly.

E! Online
January 6, 2006
The movie crumbles under the weight of its own serious-mindedness.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Boyd van Hoeij
April 9, 2006
Without its soporific asides, Oxygono would have succeeded in creating its own tone of intelligent noir irreverence.
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Their super-tawdry film becomes as compulsively watchable as it is often inadvertently laughable.
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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