• 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

Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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November 18, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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November 17, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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October 18, 2008

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

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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October 18, 2008

One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.

Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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September 18, 2008

There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com
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February 5, 2008

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

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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January 18, 2008

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.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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January 18, 2008

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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January 11, 2008

Anderson is attempting to harness the old-fashioned American Western epic with the probing psychology and intimacy of a modern-day character study. The fact that that character happens to be so repellent is one of the film's many strokes of genius.

| Original Score: 4/4
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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January 11, 2008

As an incurable romantic, I hold out hope that Anderson's flawed but phenomenal feat here marks the start of a new, mature stage in a long career. He has genius in him. So does the movie -- before its ending.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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January 11, 2008

A maddening epic with a towering, bravura performance from star Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood will rattle your brain for weeks, even months after you see it.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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January 10, 2008

Sprawling yet cramped, There Will Be Blood may not be the best movie of the year, but it's certainly the strangest. It evokes passing comparisons to everything from Giant to Citizen Kane but it's impossible to pigeonhole.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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January 8, 2008

There Will Be Blood hits with hurricane force. Lovers of formula and sugarcoating will hate it. Screw them. In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.

| Original Score: 4/4
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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January 7, 2008

Filmmaking at the highest level.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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January 4, 2008

There Will Be Blood reminds us that the greatest screen performances don't settle for capturing one trait, a dominant emotion or an easy way in.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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January 4, 2008

There Will Be Blood, the astounding new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, is Horatio Alger by way of Faust.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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January 4, 2008

Conjure up the maddest despot scene you can remember and you might get a sense of the seismic register of Day-Lewis's extravagant performance. Watch and marvel, though you may have to suspend your disbelief from the top of an oil derrick.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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January 4, 2008

If [Day-Lewis] does not win the Academy Award for this protean portrayal, it will be because he's won before. Or because his gift, his discipline, is so daunting it can be confounding.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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January 4, 2008

A haunting enigma that refuses to conform to any recognizable pattern, period or otherwise. I suppose you could see it as a descendent of Citizen Kane. But such comparisons aren't really fair to either film.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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January 4, 2008

Up to now, director Paul Thomas Anderson's work has diminished with each film since Boogie Nights, but Blood is a maturation and reinvention.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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January 4, 2008

There Will Be Blood is anti-state of the art. It's the work of an analog filmmaker railing against an increasingly digitized world. In that sense, the movie is idiosyncratic, too: vintage visionary stuff. It's physical and tactile.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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January 4, 2008

A force beyond categories.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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January 4, 2008

Paul Thomas Anderson becomes California's certified cinematic poet laureate with There Will Be Blood.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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January 4, 2008

A work of stunning intelligence and dramatic sweep, a portrait of a young nation struggling to find itself, torn between religious and business values.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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January 3, 2008

Day-Lewis, channeling John Huston and Orson Welles (the grumbling intonations, the crazy-eyed glares) and who-knows-who-else, is nothing short of astounding.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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January 3, 2008

Lively as bombastic period storytelling but limited as allegory.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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January 3, 2008

There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece; Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as a ruthless oilman is without flaw.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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January 3, 2008

What's so remarkable about this film is not its time frame but the wealth of its detail, t he eloquence of its images, and the sweep of its ambition

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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January 2, 2008

For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.

Full Review | Original Score: A
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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December 28, 2007

This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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December 27, 2007

An arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing motion picture experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dana Stevens
Slate
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December 26, 2007

With his fifth film, There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson goes from the brainy poet of new American cinema to its deranged visionary.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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December 26, 2007

As long as money retains the power to poison men's souls, Anderson's uncompromising masterpiece will continue to resonate as a harrowing cautionary warning to a country with oil pumping through its veins, clouding its judgment and coarsening its soul.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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December 26, 2007

There Will Be Blood, the joint venture between actor Daniel Day-Lewis and director Paul Thomas Anderson, might be the most incendiary combination since the Molotov cocktail.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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December 26, 2007

There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, arrives belching fire and brimstone and damnation to Hell.

| Original Score: 5/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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December 26, 2007

The best movie performance so far this century? No contest. There's Daniel Day-Lewis' awe-inspiring turn as a greedy oilman in There Will Be Blood, and there is everyone else.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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December 26, 2007

Blood does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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December 26, 2007

There Will Be Blood is a bold and sprawling epic about false prophets and massive profits set in a stark and dramatic oil-rich landscape.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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December 26, 2007

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

Jan Stuart
Newsday
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December 20, 2007

The watershed achievement of both Day-Lewis' and Anderson's careers.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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December 17, 2007

It's sublime -- beautiful and ghastly at once.

David Fear
Time Out New York
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December 13, 2007

Paul Thomas Anderson's American masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/6
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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December 12, 2007

An impressive achievement in its confident expertness in rendering the simulated realities of a bygone time and place, largely with an inspired use of regional amateur actors and extras with all the right moves and sounds.

David Denby
New Yorker
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December 10, 2007

As astounding in its emotional force and as haunting and mysterious as anything seen in American movies in recent years.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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December 10, 2007

[A] work [of] blistering intensity -- and filmmaking that can make your jaw drop.

Todd McCarthy
Variety
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November 1, 2007

Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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October 1, 2007

Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.