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

There Will Be Blood Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 7, 2008

If you want to be a movie snob this year, this is the one to say you've enjoyed. If you want to be entertained, this is the movie to avoid.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
January 25, 2008

I hate the way the film forces us into its epic structure and purposefully fractured narrative as if the audience is a puppy having its little nose shoved in a puddle of its own making.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011

Who suggested the John Huston accent? We keep expecting Daniel Plainview to molest a young niece or something.

Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
April 17, 2008

Daniel Day-Lewis does an oil maniac in this emotionally drenched gut-slicing and grueling bipolar gore, and what is surely the most grotesque screen image ever of a warped male maternal instinct.

Harry Chotiner
culturevulture.net
December 21, 2007

There Will Be Blood has no characters who repay our working to get inside them, and it has no thoughts beyond cliches about our country.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
December 25, 2007

An excruciatingly long one-note film, filled with sickening and senseless violence, about a misanthropic oil man and an ego-filled minister.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 4, 2008

Individual scenes and sequences are too strange, haunting and emotionally right for the film to be dismissed. There should be no attempt or temptation to dismiss it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone
TheMovieChicks.com
December 29, 2007

The movie looks amazing, the oil business is interesting, and the period is brilliantly captured, but the story isn't as good as all that.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean O'Connell
Filmcritic.com
December 24, 2007

Ambitious as hell but irreparably flawed, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood enthralls for half its run but balances precariously atop an epilogue that can't sustain the picture's dramatic weight.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
January 8, 2008

Day-Lewis gives a spirited performance in this too long, plotless character study. Whether it's histrionic or award-quality has to be up to the viewer.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
April 15, 2008

And the winner of the overrated Oscar front-runner award goes to...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
December 13, 2007

Crammed to its oil-slicked rafters with highly stylized forms of art direction, cinematography, performance, dialogue, and music. All that's missing from it is a sense of humanity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com
January 3, 2008

If Day-Lewis' Oscar-bound turn is one of the strongest of the year, it only calls more attention to the weaknesses around him.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 29, 2008

The moments that linger long after you've left the theater and forgotten how damned tedious the whole thing was are with Paul Dano's smug, moon-faced preacher

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
Top Critic
December 26, 2007

There Will Be Blood strives for boldness, instead of just being bold. It doesn't cut, and it doesn't bleed.

Armond White
New York Press
January 2, 2008

'No!' is the first word spoken in There Will Be Blood, and it should be the last said in response to Paul Thomas Anderson's latest pretend epic.

Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
January 11, 2008

More oil and sweat than passion and ideas course through There Will Be Blood, a film about the California petroleum boom of the early 20th century that is as anemic as it is ambitious.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 26, 2008

It's as if you can feel the oil flowing under the ground, bubbling, seeking a weak patch of earth from which to spew. But, the climactic emotional equivalent never occurs.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Reel.com
October 18, 2008

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Koresky
Stop Smiling
September 30, 2014

Perhaps the best barometer of Anderson's astonishing success here is that he manages to invest this weighty allegory with such a wealth of character and nuance.

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