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There Will Be Blood

2007
Drama
2h 38m
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Rated 26 Feb 2008
99
99th
I have been told by multiple people that "There Will Be Blood" is the best film of the past decade, even with such expectations the film did not fail to deliver on any level. Daniel Day-Lewis is astounding providing what may very well be the best performance ever but let's not forget about the support cast. Paul Dano is astounding and so is everyone else; every bit role is just perfect. The cinematography, the music, everything about the film is amazing. It will go down in cinema history.
Rated 24 Apr 2008
93
99th
The greatest American film of the 21st century thus far. Elements of this movie convinced me that it is, in a very interesting way, a quasi-remake of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (not only the opening but the closing sequence as well, with the bowling pin equivalent to a bone, not to mention the soundtrack). More than anything, it is a potent reflection on the genesis, character and fate of the American spirit, with all its dynamism and destructiveness.
Rated 17 May 2008
94
99th
Daniel Day-Lewis gives his best performance, and the cinematography is jaw-droppingly beautiful, this movie is absolutely stunning.
Rated 24 Jul 2008
99
95th
I can't describe how good it is. There Will Be Blood is a classic from start to finish. This will go down in history as one of the most crushing, and powerful movies ever to hit the cinema. Amazing plotline and brilliant direction along with incredible acting from Day-Lewis and the rest of the cast. Has several memorable scenes too that puts chills down my spine. Just a masterpiece.
Rated 15 Aug 2008
100
99th
The term masterpiece is often overused, but not here. This is a superb example of film making. The landscapes, the vivid colors and camera work... It's a 21st century Citizen Kane; an intense character piece. Some scenes can go 5 to 10 minutes with very little dialogue, yet small details can be questioned and examined for months. Time will only increase the significance of this film and Daniel Day-Lewis continues to prove that he is one of the greatest actors to ever appear on the silver screen.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
100
99th
Andersons modern epic is a masterpiece. Truly engaging, utterly beautiful and frankly stunning from the very first second to the very last. Wonderful support performances, particularly from Dano, and Day-Lewis' frankly awe inspiring outing as Daniel Plainview, make use of a brilliant script and Andersons unique way of pacing his movies. Not to mention the fantastic musical score. A true exploration of greed and human nature. Simply put in my opinion this is just about cinema's greatest moment.
Rated 12 May 2008
5
96th
Holy crap, this was worth the wait. I would add this to any list of quintessential American films in a heartbeat. DDL is a man possessed, each shot is a god-damned masterpiece, and the score is fucking perfect. And that final scene between Plainview and Sunday...gah. That really shook me up. I've been thinking about it for days. It's just amazing. See it.
Rated 11 Mar 2008
97
99th
There will be blood has given me one of the most sincere feelings of true art. It's a phenomenal exploration of the psyche of Daniel Plainview, an incredible portraylal of cold blood capitalism vs. religious fanaticism, and a 'tour de force' from both Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano. Literally ever scene has proven its purpose throughout the movie and every note of the soundtrack accompanies the emotional strenght of the film. ... Pure Brilliance !!!!!!
Rated 06 Mar 2010
98
97th
Day-Lewis brings new meaning 2 the word intense as he crushes the earth beneath him& sucks on its marrow, making a character who isn't so much a man as he is a symbol 4 the jaws of capitalism vividly real. Anderson's direction grips u from the start, using a riveting score 2 turn gorgeous John Ford-like vistas in2 something else entirely. No bedrock of American values is left unbroken as he takes his pick-ax 2 religion as well. The film is a working paradox: a tale of nuanced & measured extremes
Rated 22 Feb 2008
100
99th
Raw, shocking, hypnotic and superb from start to finish. A modern masterpiece above pretty much every film in the last years. Paul Thomas Anderson has paved his way to cinema history with this visionary tale of human nature.
Rated 08 Feb 2008
95
99th
Yes it's evil, dark, and brutal. But it's also hilarious. I laugh a little more each time I watch it. DDL's antics are not to be taken TOO seriously (you'll know when it's not funny anymore.) This film also re-iterated a point for me that the kiddies should all take note of: Avoid watching the trailer of an anticipated movie 648 times prior to seeing the movie. Some effect can be lost upon full viewing.
Rated 21 Aug 2008
100
90th
Absolutely outstanding. Superbly tells a story of greed, religion and family. Stunning character development and depth. Daniel Day-Lewis is unfathomably good. I really don't know what to say about his acting performance. What cinematography, what a script, what acting and what an atmosphere. On top of all this, it probably has the best ending scene I have ever seen. Everyone needs to see this.
Rated 07 Feb 2008
96
99th
PT Anderson has matured as both a writer and a director (obviously influenced by Kubrick), Day-Lewis is brilliant, the other actors hold their own, Greenwood's score is as amazing and manic as Day-Lewis' performance, the cinematography is breathtaking, the violence shocking, the humor unexpected and hilarious. Amazing.
Rated 09 Feb 2008
98
99th
Excellent. P.T. Anderson has made his masterpiece and what may just end up being the greatest movie of this decade. It doesn't feel great at first, but after you walk out of the theater you realize that it has nestled a place into the dark recesses of your mind.
Rated 27 Apr 2008
6
99th
It's a little hard to verbalize what's so great about a film that is practically flawless. It more than lives up to the hype and is, for lack of a less cliche phrase, a tour de force of direction, performance, and cinematography. Daniel Plainview is a character of literary nuance, and DDL plays him with an acute, baking intensity.
Rated 19 Mar 2008
100
99th
Excellent. The kind of movie that puts you to sleep in the theatre, but keeps you up at night. This stuck with me for months afterward: I was constantly replaying it in my head, trying to understand the movie's rich themes, and relive its wicked character study of a man who embodies the darkness of American capitalism. The cast is outstanding, especially Daniel Day-Lewis, whose top accomplishment is how likable he is all the way through, no matter what. The cinematography and score are perfect.
Rated 10 Apr 2008
97
98th
There Will Be Blood is flat out amazing. Day-Lewis gives one of the greatest performances in film history, and Anderson's direction is truly remarkable. People complain that the film was too slow, but this film has many scenes that will flatten your jaw to the floor, and give you much time to admire and contemplate everything that has happened in the film. TWBB is filled with a wide variety of emotions and feelings, all intertwined and well worth thinking about. Truly a unique experience.
Rated 31 Aug 2009
100
99th
He'll steal your land, drink your milkshake, then bash your brains in with a bowling pin.
Rated 11 Jan 2008
100
99th
Incredible on every level, in every sense of the word. It's reminiscent of epics of ambition like Citizen Kane, but it's also completely original. I have never seen better acting than DDL in this. This isn't just about greed and ambition, or oil, or religious fanatacism, it's a portrait of a complete and utter misanthrope. Johnny Greenwood's score is incredibly fitting and unique. The ending is staggering. I love Anderson, but still can't believe he made this. There Will Be Blood.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
6
98th
Frames capitalism as a religion, and religion as a grab for power and control, each corrupting the souls of the men that seek redemption through it. It's essentially a two-hander writ large and played out against the desolate backdrop of the early 20th-century American west, where society seeks to force itself upon the barren wilderness. Certainly on the short list of the greatest films of the 21st century.
Rated 04 May 2008
7
99th
In later years - when people talk of the early movies of this century - this will be the one all are judged against.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
97
99th
This is a real masterpiece. The acting is of course superb, but so are the characters and story that the acting supports. The characters are really symbols, representing the aspects of humanity that the film is criticizing, but they still manage to be realistic and human. The story is somewhat conventional but the manner in which it is told makes it feel like something completely new. The direction is very good as well, with wonderful shots and a slow pace that always keeps you involved.
Rated 30 Dec 2007
10
98th
One of the greatest movies ever made. So complex and dark and funny and scary. Has everything a movie should have.
Rated 17 May 2008
100
99th
It saddens me to relate to DDL's character so much. All the characters are rich and well acted, the soundtrack is chilling and highly appropriate to the tone of the movie. There are so may layers to this movie it is almost necessary to see it more than once. Brilliant!
Rated 28 Feb 2008
95
99th
Brilliant in many ways. Beautiful cinematography, powerful story and maybe the performance of the decade by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Rated 07 Aug 2008
9
90th
(2nd viewing): From PTA's direction, to DDL's performance and Elswit incredible camera work, the film is nothing short of masterful. I think the whole ‘brother' subplot takes away from the central father-son conflict, as if we needed extra confirmation that Plainview is a total dick, but it's still up there with PTA's best.
Rated 17 Apr 2009
11
99th
Scary good. Everyone knows how good Day-Lewis was in it but it cannot be stressed enough. An epic masterpiece.
Rated 06 Feb 2008
99
99th
From the eerie, quiet opening to the stunning final scene, There Will be Blood stands as the top historical drama of the entire decade. This is, without a doubt, the highlight of PT Anderson's career and more than likely the pinnacle of everyone else involved's. It's an extraordinary achievement that is just perfect in basically every way. Lewis is a juggernaut and the incredible direction highlighted by the creepy score makes There Will be Blood a highlight of modern American cinema.
Rated 03 Jan 2009
99
99th
A character driven piece if there ever was one. This film seems to have a very polarizing effect on people, but no one can deny that Daniel Day-Lewis gives the performance of a lifetime. Paul Dano also shines in a role that is far too underappreciated. Daniel Plainview is a more complicated character than some might lead you to believe in what turned out to be the best film of 2007, which is no small feat.
Rated 13 Sep 2008
96
98th
A carnivorous oil tycoon embarks on a soulless journey to riches spurred by an unmatched sense of greed and resentment towards "these...people". Some of the most descriptive camera work I've seen. A demonically impulsive score really sets the tone. Many say the final scene was overboard. IMO there's no way his character and what it represented could have gone out with a lesser bang.
Rated 27 Jun 2014
99
99th
[rewatch] During the "I am a sinner" scene, my mind brought a connection between this and another of my favorite films, Apocalypse Now. Where that film is about the horrors of man as a species, this is about man as an individual, and the destructive nature of the self. It is also the best film ever made about the American Dream, perfectly tying in the inherent conflict between capitalism and religion despite how intertwined they've ostensibly become. There may never be a movie this good again.
Rated 05 Mar 2008
97
99th
Just perfect. Directing, cinematography, story, MUSIC, peformances, message, environment. All in all, just great movie. Sure Plainview was an unpleasant man, but how tormented he was. No real human contact. Man, how he tried to break his spell. The preacher was the only one who got the most heart of him. Pretty similar character opposites (or are they one and same character?) than in No Country for Old Men.
Rated 13 Mar 2008
96
99th
An excellent movie. From the very first shot Anderson is able to conjure a relentlessly unsettling atmosphere and sustain it for the entirety of the movie. The haunting, often dissonant music helps achieve this, as does the beautiful cinematography and deliberate pacing. The movie is also a supurb character study. This aspect, of course, could not have been achieved if not for the brilliance of Daniel Day-Lewis. He creates one of the most frightening and intriguing characters I've ever seen.
Rated 20 Mar 2008
100
99th
This mesmeric piece will never cease to amaze. Day-Lewis plays a degenerating oil tycoonist who, as his business grows, dips deeper into greed and corruption. Suffice to say that Lewis' performance may very well be one of the greatest ever seen on film; and, if for no other reason, you should at least see this picture for its acting prowess. Anderson successfully slides the viewer through the thorough social criticism of Sinclair, granting deep insight into business, religion, and nihilism.
Rated 24 Jun 2008
100
97th
#Update: Currently my favourite film# Absolutly outstanding filmaking and possibly is one of the best films of this decade. Beautifully shot and superbly acted by Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Dano. Contains a blistering score to... One of my favourites
Rated 16 Aug 2008
100
97th
The most refined and majestic yet subtle film of 2007, this story about a greedy oil prospector confronting economical and religious conflicts is one that will prove to be a future classic. Daniel Day-Lewis gives the performance of a lifetime in the difficult lead role.
Rated 05 Jan 2008
8
93rd
Daniel Day-Lewis is god damned jaw-dropping. A glorious, staggering performance that anchors a more evil, dark, and brutal version of Citizen Kane, and a wonderful piece of filmmaking.
Rated 19 Oct 2008
91
95th
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Rated 18 Jan 2008
94
97th
A brilliant treatise on greed and religion with Day-Lewis providing yet another acting performance others can only dream of. An extremely disturbing look at the dark side of human nature with one of the more effective scores in recent memory by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Anderson's greatest film and would be the best film of most years, but I preferred No Country For Old Men by a hair.
Rated 19 Aug 2013
100
99th
The greatest film of all time.
Rated 27 Jun 2016
95
91st
Excellent film, though it didn't hit me quite as hard as it did others. The acting, directing, and general filmmaking are all masterful, but the screenplay isn't as incisive as it should be. I mean, what's the message? That greed corrupts? Gee, thanks for that.
Rated 29 Jul 2008
96
99th
Extraordinarily good. Epic. Engaging... lot's of adjectives like that. Originally I'd been putting off watching it because I thought it would be 'a bit heavy', but once I started I sat there mesmerized for the duration. Worth every accolade thrown at it.
Rated 11 Dec 2012
96
90th
Fairly slow at times, but Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing and carries the movie from beginning to end. I would argue that this is probably Paul Thomas Anderson's best movie. It's simply one of the gorgeous movies I have ever experienced, from the score to the performances to the writing. Excellent screenplay, Excellent everything. I highly recommend it.
Rated 17 Mar 2008
70
76th
I expected an epic tale about the origins of the oil-industry in the US, but (like the assassination of Jesse James) it's a long story about one guy and his inner demons. It's not a bad movie, but not great either. Also I hated the 'music' score, too loud and too annoying.
Rated 10 Apr 2008
95
98th
Daniel Day-Lewis. Oh my god. A cinematic masterpiece. Unbelievably deep.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
95
97th
Enough has been said about Daniel Day-Lewis. The story itself works on multiple levels. The music is loud and abrasive, often to the point of excess, along with sometimes seeming out of place. I think that is the point because often the music drives ahead at full force while the action on the screen is slowed down. The editing is pitch perfect, building tension the entire time. The ending is both hilarious and tragic, making the movie work as both a dramatic character study and black comedy.
Rated 27 Apr 2010
90
96th
I wouldn't say it is flawless but it is riveting nonetheless. And certainly one of the best films of the year 2007. Not to mention, another standout performance by the amazing Daniel Day Lewis. The fact that the main character, David Plainview, is so despicable and yet so fascinating, keeping me glued for the whole 2 1/2 hours that I barely even noticed the time pass by, is a testament to Lewis' mad acting skills.
Rated 28 Apr 2008
10
99th
Very complex character study performed by one of the greatest actors of the 21st century. I loved the ominous brooding soundtrack, even when it felt out of place. They don't make films like this anymore.... wait, they just did! Long live PT Anderson!
Rated 06 Jun 2008
30
3rd
One of my friends saw the first 2/3rds of the movie. He's lucky. The ending stinks and everything that was interesting in the beginning fizzled by the end. Yes the movie is visually stunning. And yes it feels like you're really in a turn-of-the-century oil boom. But I don't want to waste my time watching some miserable psychopath ruin his and other's lives. I don't gain anything useful knowledge, personal insight, or new perspectives, as I would in an actually good drama.
Rated 30 Dec 2007
98
97th
From the exhilarating, nearly wordless sequence that opens the film, to the outrageous showdown of a finale, this is an out-and-out masterpiece. Everyone involved brings their all, which is amazing considering the murderer's row of talent on display here. Best actor awards should be renamed in honor of Daniel Day-Lewis, the visual style director Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Elswit give the film is breathtaking at times, and Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood creates a symphony of dischord.
Rated 11 Jan 2008
90
97th
Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is an astounding achievement, riveting from beginning to end. The combination of Anderson's writing and Day-Lewis' delivery results in so many unforgettable moments. The first 2/3 of the movie is so intense and awe-inspiring it's like a force of nature. The Johnny Greenwood score is awesome as well. Though the final act was a slight let down after all that came before, TWBB makes everything else I saw in 2007 seem like child's play.
Rated 04 Feb 2008
76
23rd
The sum is less than the sum of the parts, which is a shame, because the parts are so well done.
Rated 04 Jun 2010
98
99th
One of the best film performances in the history of cinema, not a single scene is wasted in developing the movies plot and atmosphere. Daniel Day-Lewis' acting really drives the movie to the peak, and the ending will be remembered for years as one of the true classics in cinema history.
Rated 03 May 2008
100
99th
Daniel Day-Lewis is awesome in this excellent film.
Rated 08 Sep 2008
96
96th
Corruptable religion faces off against capitalism risen from the pit of hell to battle over an American town. There's no better analogy for the 20th Century than a bowling alley; a superfluous AND nutritious 'milkshake' for personal greed. The score ushers in a new age in cinema sound. -4 points for an ill-timed flashback that sinks slightly into melodrama.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
84
81st
Good, but not the masterpiece it's been hailed as. It is a compelling story, centered around a memorable character, and Anderson has a fantastic sense of timing and composition. The score is unusual, very haunting even if it occasionally calls too much attention to itself. Daniel Day-Lewis gives a great performance. I definitely wanted to see what he would say or do next. The character of Eli is far too blunt. And the ending is far too broad... a cheap and showy gesture.
Rated 03 Mar 2008
97
99th
This film will confuse people no doubt but you just feel in 10 years it will be wearing more 'masterpiece' acolades than it knows what to do with. Day-Lewis is brilliant (natch) and the whole film leaves you guessing where it is going next - a real lession to most blockbuster tosh you could direct yourself with your eyes closed. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Nicholas Cage.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
65
42nd
I've seen this movie twice, and I stand by my opinion. It might be technically flawless, but there is something missing. A certain something I can't put my finger on, but that makes the movie unable to move me in any particular way. I can see how others might like it but, myself, I can not quite warm to it.
Rated 27 May 2008
84
81st
Unrelentingly bleak...hey, just like real life! I really enjoyed that aspect of it. That's a recurring theme for me I guess. Weird, unsettling endings usually = good movie.
Rated 02 Apr 2008
50
29th
Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing and I'm giving these points mostly to him. Story is extremely boring and I actually expected something to happen at least in the end, so I would've liked the film. Way too overrated in my opinion.
Rated 06 Feb 2016
99
99th
Oil rejects water. Guy only drinks spiked milkshakes for a reason. Yet the oil man and holy water healer can't help but aggressively baptize one another, and amidst false bloodlines and duplicitous twins their reverse-magnetic antagonism keeps insisting they (and the institutions they embody) are closer to kin than they'd like to believe, until finally Eli greets Daniel as "brother" hoping to solicit him for in-law perks. Family bond is capital.
Rated 07 Jan 2009
95
91st
Daniel Day-Lewis delivered a truly phenomenal performance; capturing the power of greed, fear, insanity, and comedy. Sometimes period pieces cannot be appreciated because they delve too deep into historical details -- turning the experience into more of a documentary than a narrative set in the past; this is not the case for There Will Be Blood. The cinematography is spectacular; the essence of the environment and the tension amongst the characters is captured beautifully. Best of 2007.
Rated 14 Jun 2009
100
99th
An unsettling black comedy / sprawling western epic with a superb performance by Day Lewis. Whether the ending is loved or hated, it will surely be one of the most memorable and poignant in recent years.
Rated 06 Jan 2008
98
96th
(Sadly, my first review was mysteriously wiped away, so here goes a second pass...) Like CITIZEN KANE, it is an extraordinary allegory about the origins of an industry birthed by the forces of ego and hubris, that make theatrical dramas, such as TWBB, so impactful on the collective unconscious. It will surely be considered one of the greatest films in cinema for decades to come, and, unfortunately be the answer to the question, "What film lost out to NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN for Best Picture?"
Rated 03 Oct 2009
80
90th
What an evil movie, love it
Rated 27 Jul 2009
98
98th
Not much about this movie isn't absolutely breathtaking. Daniel Day-Lewis easily gives one of the greatest male performances of ALL TIME, no joke. The cinematography and music are both hypnotic and certain scenes are so well-directed by Anderson that it's frightening.
Rated 18 Jan 2008
35
12th
If I was rating Daniel Day Lewis; I'd give it a 95. But overall, the movie is over rated; horribly directed and cut; with a shallow story line.
Rated 30 Nov 2012
100
97th
For a story that's all about the harnessing of fateful chthonic forces, Paul Thomas Anderson has dug deeper than ever before, and struck black gold.
Rated 19 Jan 2008
56
13th
I was really really excited to see this, but was pretty damn disappointed. Yes, Daniel Day-Louis was amazing, yes the visuals are great, yes there were some amazing scenes, and the music was amazing (although used at all the wrong times). But it just wasn't dense enough. Only two characters in the entire movie are fleshed out in any way. Some plot points go completely unexplained and others come completely out of no where.
Rated 30 Jul 2012
100
98th
Immaculately crafted. One of those films that come out with the right plot, the right force and originality at the right time. Anderson displays his striking stylistic abilities as a director, turning oil sights into otherworldly infernos, while Daniel Day-Lewis comes out with the character portrayal of the decade making Plainview a mysterious, terrifying and enthralling presence.
Rated 25 Jan 2008
95
98th
A masterpiece...
Rated 27 Jan 2008
95
92nd
From Day-Lewis, who has been garnering universal acclaim for this movie for a reason; to Paul Dano, who also impresses beyond all expectations; to the direction, which feels almost Kubrickian it, along with the film's style, is that good; to the music, which is pulse-pounding and amazing; There Will Be Blood is an endeavor in superior filmmaking and storytelling, the likes of which no one should miss.
Rated 10 Jan 2011
9
91st
milkshake/10
Rated 02 Feb 2008
95
99th
A truly brilliant film from Paul Thomas Anderson. Anderson specializes in films that run 2 hours and never get boring. There Will Be Blood is an epic with great performances and one of the finest closing scenes of any recent film.
Rated 09 Nov 2012
93
95th
What holds this movie together is the absolute fantastic performance by Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano and the chemistry these two men have together on the screen. I love how the central oil plot really is just a backseat to the development of the Plainview character and how he is eventually driven drunk and insane by money and income. It also has such incredible pace, despite starting a bit slow, and everything is laced together, acted and timed perfectly. Outstanding, amazing and fantastic.
Rated 10 Feb 2008
100
96th
The greatest film ever made as far as I'm concerned. It's just perfect. Keep in mind: I've watched it twice over the last few weeks, so I'm still very much enthralled. Who knows, maybe my opinion will change with time... I really doubt it though. Watch this film!
Rated 12 Nov 2014
88
95th
Pretty close to reinventing the language of cinematic storytelling without any flashy pretense about it. Music & camerawork is as hypnotising as it is mysterious & layered. Yes Day-Lewis is monumental but none of the rest of the cast seem weak beside him either which is really saying something. The story itself is engaging and intense but also wonderfully open and full of subtext.
Rated 25 Feb 2008
80
76th
A big, strange, visually rich film, but I feel unsatisfied with it. I'm giving it a fairly rating for the time being. I'll have to watch it again sometime soon, but I think it has some good performances, a fairly unique atmosphere (Kubrick influence is there), and some intense and intriguing moments, but it's longer than it needs to be, and it's not all that complex. Well worth watching, though.
Rated 26 Feb 2008
87
86th
I can watch the first half of this movie again and again, but the second half contains some irritating and disrupting elements - the film itself has a similar structure to that of Plainview's; it is unsuccessful in portraying Plainview's fall from grace. Greenwood's soundtrack also deserves praise.
Rated 26 Feb 2008
89
98th
last scene is so impressive.
Rated 18 Aug 2009
98
99th
A film of absolute defiance and confidence in the face of (un)conventionalism and genre definition, every aspect of this supreme masterpiece is brooding with OTT uber-perfection. Hits me on a level that not many other films (or forms or art) can reach.
Rated 17 Oct 2009
83
97th
It has the same quality of hypnotism as 2001 - Space Odyssey. Brilliant soundtrack and cinematography. I almost forgot to breathe during the first 15 minutes. But I wasn't that much captivated with the story, as it progressed. I felt that there are way too much to grasp in only one view, and I am sure the rating will change after I re-watch it. Either way, it's one of the best American films of the decade.
Rated 01 Jul 2015
10
99th
Ebert wrote that among this film's imperfections is its lack of female characters. That line of thought betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of one of this film's core themes: namely, the suffocating and soul-devouring nature of men. The crux of the film's emotional heft relies precisely on a near-complete scarcity of femininity. It's why the few scenes with young Mary Sunday are so integral—why they feel like oxygen or sunlight. One thing that women do is make the burden of men more bearable.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
99
99th
Days after seeing it, I'm still buzzing about it. I've got to think that, well, this movie is... perfect.
Rated 06 May 2008
100
96th
I've seen this film twice now and I still feel under-qualified to review it. The movie's perfect, and somehow it still got better upon a second viewing. In a few years I'll revisit it again, and again a few years after that, and again a few years after that. I'll undoubtedly learn a little bit more each time. This film one of those that I will probably keep with me the rest of my life.
Rated 07 Feb 2009
83
74th
Daniel Day Lewis is masterful in his portrayal of the brutal and sinister Daniel Plainview whose greed and unrelenting manipulation of anyone he can use, drives his journey from a lowly miner to successful oil man. It is visually stunning throughout but although the highly acclaimed soundtrack is at times fantastically sinister, at other points I found it just plain strange. It can be rather slow moving and perhaps a touch long but it should be a must see for anyone in the mood for an epic!
Rated 28 Mar 2011
96
98th
Would it be weird if I said that I would let Daniel Day Lewis drink my milkshake?
Rated 18 Jan 2010
8
88th
It's nihilistic and brutal, and the atmosphere running through it (owing a lot to both the barren wasteland of the South that is it's backdrop and the ritualistic sound track) is very menacing. Whilst there is violence, it's sparse and well used. This film is more about dialogue and mood. The plot is moved forward by the inner conflicts of Christianity (spirituality) and capitalism (materialism). In the end both lie in ruin against the fields of oil and the unforgiving wrath of life (Nature).
Rated 05 May 2008
95
98th
Excellent. This is a very simple film as in it tracks just one man's course over a period of some 30 odd years as he goes from being a down-and-out silver prospector to a powerful oilman, the movie doesn't focus on his adventures along the way but rather, its a very deep and keen character study of a complex man with the inherent capability of possessing almost absolutely malignant evil and spite and no person is left unscarred who crosses his path. Daniel Day-Lewis is simply breathtaking here.
Rated 23 Nov 2009
90
93rd
According to this Anderson fable, America was built on capitalism and religion, until one finally swallowed the other. It's hardly a controversial statement to say that Daniel Day-Lewis the greatest actor in the world. This movie is why.
Rated 02 Apr 2012
100
99th
Unbelievably beautiful. Crazy performances. Eerie score. Never a dull moment. Switches from curious power plays to hilarious cartoonish actions by Plainview. Certainly a classic and absolute favourite of mine.
Rated 30 Mar 2008
82
90th
There Will Be Blood is a mesmerizing work, and perhaps a bit of a flawed masterpiece in its ability to transcend above and beyond the story at hand to cause us to reflect deeply on the history of the country, our thirst for oil, our religious zealotry, and the dark and disturbing nature of humanity itself
Rated 16 Jan 2010
100
98th
Tragic, beautiful, haunting.
Rated 03 Sep 2018
90
90th
(2nd watch 01/08/22) The power of capital and it's sinister existence in even the highest, religious, devotee. It simply, will never be enough. PTA plagues the screen with dark accents and haunting sound design, leading us to an unforgettable finale. (1st watch 09/18) Powerful as it becomes progressively dark and disturbing. Jesus, I've never felt more uncomfortable watching DDL towards the end...Extremely tasteful and destructive imagery that I'll gladly revisit.
Rated 21 Jan 2008
80
68th
Not everything makes sense, but a well-done piece of historical fiction that's definitely NOT "Masterpiece Theatre". The anti-_Giant_, as Duncan Shepherd summed it up
Rated 17 Jul 2008
94
97th
I might come back to this movie and give it a perfect score. My initial reaction is that this movie could have been a touch shorter, but that might just be a first thought kind of thing. Anyway, DDL does maybe the best acting job I have ever seen in a film, and that's no hyperbole. The guy is so complex and so deep...no idea how day-lewis prepared for this role. The kid who played HW was great too and a touch under stated. I really liked the dynamic that he added.
Rated 07 Aug 2008
95
93rd
I knew PTA was capable of directing a great great movie someday. I've always been kind of so-so about his films since Boogie Nights, but this, this film is so good. While Day-Lewis has had many memorable roles, this will be the one he is remembered for, and incredibly hard to top.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
95
95th
"Dreeenaagee!!" What a masterpiece! The last scene did it for me.
Rated 06 Mar 2008
50
36th
The movie goes very well up to the half. With worthy actings yes of Oscar, for part of Daniel Day Lewis. But the movie does not end well, being very boring and without ending.
Rated 04 Mar 2009
20
44th
The hard dirty work, at the outset, of digging a well all by his lonesome is vividly and wordlessly captured by Anderson, yet it's hardly adequate to explain or excuse the character's subsequent aberrance, and his particular animus towards a hayseed faith healer (the initially very young and insufficiently aging Dano), each of whom has his own inflexible reasons for not deferring to the other: the Self-Made Man versus the Man of God.

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