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There Will Be Blood (2007)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 213
Fresh: 194 | Rotten: 19

Widely touted as a masterpiece, this sparse and sprawling epic about the underhanded "heroes" of capitalism boasts incredible performances by leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is director Paul Thomas Anderson's best work to date.

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Critic Reviews: 47
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 2

Widely touted as a masterpiece, this sparse and sprawling epic about the underhanded "heroes" of capitalism boasts incredible performances by leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is director Paul Thomas Anderson's best work to date.

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Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson steps outside his contemporary world of dysfunctional Angelenos to explore a very different dysfunctional man -- an oil pioneer whose trailblazing spirit is equaled only by his murderous ambition. There Will Be Blood is Anderson's loose adaptation of the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, and it focuses its attentions on Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a miner who happens upon black gold during a disastrous excavation that ends in a broken leg. Pulling

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This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: NPR.org | Comments (3)
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One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
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There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism.

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Daniel Day-Lewis bestrides the narrow world like a colossus as Daniel Plainview, a turn-of-the-last-century prospector for gold and silver who stumbles upon oil in rural California and goes after it with the ferocity, focus, and ethical sensitivity of a f

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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Someday, we're probably going to look back at There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson's epic about greed, lies, manipulation and insanity, and call it his masterpiece.

January 18, 2008
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It's oil, and a West that was just discovering it, that makes There Will Be Blood intriguing. But it's Day-Lewis who draws us in.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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As a character study, There Will Be Blood is unsurpassed. Just don't expect to strike oil straight away.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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Who suggested the John Huston accent? We keep expecting Daniel Plainview to molest a young niece or something.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comments (33)
East Bay Express

Anderson's vision is uncompromising and razor sharp. Nothing in his first four features quite prepares us for the precision and vicious wit displayed here.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

There will be blood, indeed

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

In a way, there's not a step you haven't seen in classics going as far back as Citizen Kane. Still, there are enough oddities in the details to keep you full of questions.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

This is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson that has overshot the runway of movie modernity with something thrillingly, dangerously new.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It takes a talented person to make a great film, but it takes an even more talented one to know when to say enough is enough.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
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It's a biblical parable about America's failure to square religion and greed. But most of all it is a marvellously entertaining soap: a sort Dickens does Dallas, without the sex or swimming pools.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

If Day-Lewis isn't front and center, the film drags with themes such as oil vs. religion, and greed is always around...

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (4)
The Scorecard Review

Anderson has truly made an old fashioned, great American movie. Not to be missed!!!

August 22, 2008 Full Review | Comments (5)
Sin Magazine

One helluva film; the best in Anderson's young career.

August 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comment (1)
Apollo Guide

As a film about one man's obsessive egomania, There Will Be Blood does its job.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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I just sat there in awe the entire two hours and thirty minutes of the film, just completely stunned as to what I was seeing.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Comments (9)
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... when we look back at "There Will Be Blood" decades from now, we will probably be saying the sprawling epic about oil, family, faith, greed and deception is Anderson's crowning achievement. And that's saying a lot.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
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May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
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[I]t's a movie that people who love movies will discuss, argue over, and rewatch for years to come.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

The visuals, the pacing, an all-time great performance and a timely theme add up to make There Will Be Blood one of the most memorable films I have seen.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Audience Reviews for There Will Be Blood

Poor storytelling and virtually no character development. Arbitrary, episodic and confusing.

Yes - DDL is God and the cinematography and sense of place and time are uncanny but after a terrific opening hour this film just coughs and sputters.
February 19, 2008
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God, what a heavy film. It's a disturbing and weird and fascinating character study that is just out there, but extremely compelling .Even though this is a brilliant masterpiece, parts of it feel a tad forced and hollow, but that's only a minor issue since the point of the film is characters and themes.

It's a character study about greed, ambition, family, ruthlessness, and insanity. This is more art than anything. As for the plot, well, it's kinda hard to nail down exactly, but, in broad strokes, it's about a ruthless oil prospector, and the clashes he has with a local preacher as he strives to strike it rich in California during the early days of the oil industry (late 1890s-late 1920s)

In a way, this is the kind of historical period piece I go nuts for. I dig the biopic approach, and the sweeping epics about wars, etc, but for some reason, I'm more fascinated by something like this which is both a character study, but also a history lesson on the fine arts of how to go about getting oil. There's extended sequences that show in detail how this is all done, and I'm absolutely captivated by it all.

This definitely isn't a film for everyone. For one, it's quite artsy. The first 14 and a half minutes have no dialogue, and serve as a great way to establish mood, tone, atmosphere, and the lengths our lead character will go to in order to succeed. And the final 15 minutes are an absolutely riveting and gut wrenching display of some of the greatest acting, dialogue, and confrontation I've ever seen. Even after repeated viewings, I still just blown away by how it all pans out. It's like a shotgun blast to the mind, body, and soul. It's also a quite lengthy film that's fairly leisurely with the pacing. Amazingly enough though, I really don't get that antsy while watching it, as I always find something to marvel over with each viewing.

Being a Paul Thomas Anderson film, this is a sprawling and absolutely gorgeous film to look at. Robert Elswit's cinematography is unmatched, and there's some excellent long takes/tracking shots to boot. The period details, likewise, are spot on, and the era truly comes alive. Though just slightly distracting, Johnny Greenwood's score is also quite compelling and fitting, really capturing the frantic nature of what's going on.

And then there's the acting. So much has already been said about it, so I'll just leave it at this: Daniel Day-Lewis is so phenomenal I kind of hate him, Not the character, since you're supposed to, but him. I'm so jealous of him, yet I would feel sad it he didn't exist. Watching him act is a dizzying, spellbinding, and mesmerizing experience. Paul Dano, while nowhere near the level of his costar, is also quite excellent. He's got a tough job here, but he pulls it off amazingly well.

My only legitimate gripe with the film is that Paul Dano plays a dual role- that of twins Paul and Eli Sunday. Problem with it is that Paul Sunday is an important role, but he's there for one scene, then disappears. Wouldn't be so big a deal if not for the fact that Dano plays both Paul and his twin Eli, and, after Paul Sunday's one scene, he disappears with no explanation. Dano was supposed to just play Paul, and that's it, but then Anderson recast him to also play Eli, and rewrote the script accordingly. I think he should have just had him play Eli, get someone else as Paul, and then retool what happens to Paul, or maybe just explain what happens to Paul anyway, and keep Dano in the dual role.

Even though that is a problem, that's the only real issue I can come up with. This film really is a brilliant masterpiece and one of the best/my favorite films of 2007. It's even close to being my favorite PTA film, and would be if not for my love of Boogie Nights.

Bottom line, this is a must see. So go and do it.
October 3, 2013
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A true epic masterpiece.
July 18, 2013
Lucas Martins

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    1. Daniel Plainview: I have a competition in me. I want no-one else to succeed. I hate most people.
    – Submitted by James L (2 months ago)
    1. Daniel Plainview: They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece.
    – Submitted by Isaac P (17 months ago)
    1. H.M. Tilford: How's your boy?
    2. Daniel Plainview: Thank you for asking.
    3. H.M. Tilford: Is there anything we can do?
    4. Daniel Plainview: 'Thanks for asking' is enough.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
    1. Daniel Plainview: [to Eli] I told you I was going to eat you! I told you I was going to eat you up!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
    1. Daniel Plainview: I'm going to bury you underground, Eli.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
    1. Daniel Plainview: [to Paul Sunday] If I travel all the way there and find out that you're a liar, I'll find you and take more than my money back, is that alright with you?
    – Submitted by Lucas M (18 months ago)
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