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


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There Will Be Blood Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

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 Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 7, 2008
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee

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 Source: Fresno Bee | Original Score: B-

January 25, 2008
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

April 28, 2011
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

April 17, 2008
Harry Chotiner

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

December 21, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

December 25, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 4, 2008

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 Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2007
Sean O'Connell

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 Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 24, 2007
Tony Medley

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 Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 6/10

January 8, 2008
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

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

Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2008
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 13, 2007
Dustin Putman

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 Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 3, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

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 Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: B-

January 29, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 26, 2007
Armond White
New York Press

'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.

Full Review Source: New York Press

January 2, 2008
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

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 Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C-

January 11, 2008
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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 Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2008


| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008

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.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 10/10

June 12, 2010
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