There Will Be Blood 2007

Critics score:
91 / 100

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Mark Rahner, Seattle Times: Up to now, director Paul Thomas Anderson's work has diminished with each film since Boogie Nights, but Blood is a maturation and reinvention. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Lively as bombastic period storytelling but limited as allegory. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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 Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: 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. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece; Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as a ruthless oilman is without flaw. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: 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. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: 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. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: 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

Adam Graham, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance. Read more

Jonathan F. Richards, 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 Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: 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. Read more

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 Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: The watershed achievement of both Day-Lewis' and Anderson's careers. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: [A] work [of] blistering intensity -- and filmmaking that can make your jaw drop. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: As astounding in its emotional force and as haunting and mysterious as anything seen in American movies in recent years. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: It's sublime -- beautiful and ghastly at once. Read more

Bob Mondello, This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Blood does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: 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. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: 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. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: 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

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: An arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing motion picture experience. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A force beyond categories. Read more

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

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: 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. Read more

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: A work of stunning intelligence and dramatic sweep, a portrait of a young nation struggling to find itself, torn between religious and business values. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: 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

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: There Will Be Blood, the astounding new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, is Horatio Alger by way of Faust. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: One of the most wholly original American movies ever made. Read more

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Christopher Orr, The New Republic: There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: 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

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: Paul Thomas Anderson becomes California's certified cinematic poet laureate with There Will Be Blood. Read more