Blackmail Boy (Oxygono)
Blackmail Boy (Oxygono) (2004)

This is a twisted tale of dubious morality, infidelity, and murder. Magda's family seems fairly average. She dotes on her attractive 20-year-old son, Christos, while daughter Giota and her husband Stelios live upstairs. The potential… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 21, 2006
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45%


Critic Score: 17% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

David Noh
Film Journal International

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

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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

It's a mean-spirited exercise in stilted outrageousness.

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Anita Gates
New York Times

The Greek film Blackmail Boy has the feel of farce at times, but much of the time it just seems determined to shock.

Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net

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

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

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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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Heavy duty dramatics and a sordid story but it's involving and the acting isn't bad if at times a bit over the top.