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There Will Be Blood Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2008
This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man.
October 18, 2008
One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.
September 18, 2008
There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism.
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
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-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
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-
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2008
Filmmaking at the highest level.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
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-
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
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
January 4, 2008
A force beyond categories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2008
Paul Thomas Anderson becomes California's certified cinematic poet laureate with There Will Be Blood.
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
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
January 3, 2008
Lively as bombastic period storytelling but limited as allegory.
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
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
January 2, 2008
For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 28, 2007
This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.
December 27, 2007
An arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing motion picture experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
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
December 26, 2007
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, arrives belching fire and brimstone and damnation to Hell.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 26, 2007
There Will Be Blood strives for boldness, instead of just being bold. It doesn't cut, and it doesn't bleed.
December 20, 2007
The watershed achievement of both Day-Lewis' and Anderson's careers.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 17, 2007
It's sublime -- beautiful and ghastly at once.
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.
December 10, 2007
As astounding in its emotional force and as haunting and mysterious as anything seen in American movies in recent years.
December 10, 2007
[A] work [of] blistering intensity -- and filmmaking that can make your jaw drop.
November 1, 2007
Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.
October 1, 2007
Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.