• R, 2 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    In Theaters:
    Dec 26, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 8, 2008
  • Paramount Vantage

Critic Review - NPR.org

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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Cheyne Legris

Cheyne Legris

'there will be blood' maintains a perfect atmosphere throughout with Anderson guiding our every thought and emotion with his trademark mastery of visceral manipulation .. the complexity of mise-en-scéne never falters, nurtured through the brilliant combinations of score and shot, and is evidence that Anderson is in top form .. i have to say, the foreboding vibe running through this film feels as vicious as it does when i realize i am subconsciously thinking about the world-wide pollution and violence as the fruits of this 'captain' of industry .. Day-Lewis commands every scene and is no doubt giving a powerhouse performance, not just in intensity, but weaving an intricate character through strange motives and brazen dialogue .. i couldn't believe what i was seeing, i was captivated by the stark realism of the violence and evil seeping from some scenes, but also moved by the contradicting moments of empathy by Daniel towards his son .. one of my favorite scenes is the monologue near the end where Daniel tells his son that he was using him his entire life to gain the trust of people he would financially and emotionally exploit .. this paints Plainview as some kind of monster, but is indeed just human nature, and this is one of the scariest things about the film .. the capacity for humans to act in despicable ways for a dime ..

Mar 7 - 01:52 PM

Debbie Lekousis

Debbie Lekousis

This movie is among my favorites. Daniel Day Lewis amazes me in performance after performance, but here, he really outdid himself. Paul Dano was great in his dual role, as well. I enjoyed the score; it enhanced the sense of foreboding in scene after scene. Daniel Day Lewis is truly an actor's actor. I've watched this film numerous times over the years, and still love seeing it.

Apr 21 - 12:40 PM

Jonathan Orozco

Jonathan Orozco

I think Paul Dano was brilliant!

Nov 4 - 03:00 PM

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