For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson's epic American nightmare, arrives belching fire and brimstone and damnation to Hell.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson that has overshot the runway of movie modernity with something thrillingly, dangerously new.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Paul Thomas Anderson becomes California's certified cinematic poet laureate with There Will Be Blood.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
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.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
This is truly a work of symphonic aspirations and masterful execution.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Blood does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
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
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
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.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
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.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's sublime -- beautiful and ghastly at once.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
As astounding in its emotional force and as haunting and mysterious as anything seen in American movies in recent years.
David Denby - New Yorker
A force beyond categories.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Lively as bombastic period storytelling but limited as allegory.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
A work of stunning intelligence and dramatic sweep, a portrait of a young nation struggling to find itself, torn between religious and business values.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece; Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as a ruthless oilman is without flaw.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Boldly and magnificently strange, There Will Be Blood marks a significant departure in the work of Paul Thomas Anderson.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There Will Be Blood, the astounding new film by Paul Thomas Anderson, is Horatio Alger by way of Faust.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
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
Jonathan F. Richards - Film.com
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
There Will Be Blood strives for boldness, instead of just being bold. It doesn't cut, and it doesn't bleed.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
With his fifth film, There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson goes from the brainy poet of new American cinema to its deranged visionary.
Dana Stevens - Slate
An arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing motion picture experience.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
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.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
One of the most wholly original American movies ever made.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Challenging and far from an easy watch, even those who do respond might take a couple of viewings to fully realise just how good it is, but there's little doubt that it's a modern masterpiece.
Stephen Carty - Flix Capacitor
As a character study, There Will Be Blood is unsurpassed. Just don't expect to strike oil straight away.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Who suggested the John Huston accent? We keep expecting Daniel Plainview to molest a young niece or something.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
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.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
There will be blood, indeed
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
In a way, there's not a step you haven't seen in classics going as far back as Citizen Kane. Still, there are enough oddities in the details to keep you full of questions.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
It's a biblical parable about America's failure to square religion and greed. But most of all it is a marvellously entertaining soap: a sort Dickens does Dallas, without the sex or swimming pools.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
Dean Essner - Reel.com
It takes a talented person to make a great film, but it takes an even more talented one to know when to say enough is enough.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
If Day-Lewis isn't front and center, the film drags with themes such as oil vs. religion, and greed is always around...
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Anderson has truly made an old fashioned, great American movie. Not to be missed!!!
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
One helluva film; the best in Anderson's young career.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
As a film about one man's obsessive egomania, There Will Be Blood does its job.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
I just sat there in awe the entire two hours and thirty minutes of the film, just completely stunned as to what I was seeing.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
... when we look back at "There Will Be Blood" decades from now, we will probably be saying the sprawling epic about oil, family, faith, greed and deception is Anderson's crowning achievement. And that's saying a lot.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
[I]t's a movie that people who love movies will discuss, argue over, and rewatch for years to come.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
The visuals, the pacing, an all-time great performance and a timely theme add up to make There Will Be Blood one of the most memorable films I have seen.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Featuring one of the most complex and interesting lead characters you will ever find in the movies, Paul Thomas Anderson's film marks a big step forward for the director.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
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.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
And the winner of the overrated Oscar front-runner award goes to...
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson drinks YOUR milkshake! This is the best film of 2007. Hands down.
Brian Holcomb - CinemaBlend.com
The original Beverly Hillbillies, only sans the cement pond.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Anderson's triumphant epic about the bone-breaking, death-defying, orphan-making early days of the oil industry will serve as a benchmark for all of his future films.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
After years of achieving a Hollywood cult following, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson hits the big time with his adaptation of Upton Sinclair's novel, "Oil."
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
There Will Be Blood is the sort of film you stumble out of, desperately searching for an adjective that is both descriptive enough to encompass your experience and distinctive enough to convey your stratosphere-bound senses.
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
Daniel Day Lewis' blistering, devilish performance is the greatest of his accomplished career, and director Paul Thomas Anderson has made a second masterpiece to go alongside Magnolia.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
Una obra mayor sobre codicia y religion y el retrato de una personalidad oscura y fascinante, compuesta con maestria por Daniel Day-Lewis. Confirma la madurez de Paul Thomas Anderson, el notable director de Boogie Nights y Magnolia.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
There has been plenty of critical pants-wetting about Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, and I am an Anderson admirer to be sure %u2013 but beyond an acting nomination for Daniel Day Lewis, I just can't get on that train.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Anderson volta a exibir, em Sangue Negro, seu talento para o simbolismo e para opcoes narrativas intrigantes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
An intellectualized epic to make lovers of pure cinema swoon.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Whether you believe There Will Be Blood is a transcendently powerful movie or merely damn good, there's no debate that Day-Lewis' performance as Plainview is something to behold.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The best movie of Daniel Day-Lewis' career turns out to be in the best movie of Paul Thomas Anderson's career.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
I know you're out there.You're waiting for the Academy Awards. And you're waiting to see the movies that have been nominated.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A towering, tour-de-force display in cinematic virtuosity; and an incredibly ambitious, deliberate stab at greatness by the director. Only time will tell if he's pulled it off.
Orlando Parfitt - IGN Movies UK
Uncompromising, intelligent and searing cinema.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
qualities normally regarded as the bedrock of the American Dream - rugged individualism, rampant entrepreneurship and rags-to-riches mobility - are flipped over to expose a dark undercurrent of monomaniacal male solipsism.
Anton Bitel - musicOMH.com
A Sergio Leone epic about the foundation of a specific aspect of the American character.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Powerful, brilliantly directed and thoroughly gripping drama with an Oscar-nominated performance by Daniel Day-Lewis that is nothing short of sensational.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Hypnotic, poetic and often downright strange, the remarkable result is every bit as combustible as the black stuff itself.
Neil Smith - BBC
Un evenement cinematographique d'une rare intensite dramatique
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
This is a force 10 gale of a performance from Day-Lewis, muscular, visceral, venomous and restrained all at once if you can imagine that
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Anderson's period piece evokes memories of East of Eden with its family conflicts, Elmer Gantry in its evangelical moments, and Days of Heaven in its epic visuals.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
No one is the perfect, untouchable moralist... This is, in fact, the strongest truth behind the movie
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
It's the kind of quality film that could have been made at any point in film history or film future and still maintain its social, philosophical and emotional relevance.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Daniel Day-Lewis's magnificent, sanguine performance as oilman Daniel Plainview is just one of many reasons to catch P.T. Anderson's latest feature.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A masterful tale of the parallels and disconnections between primal bloodlust and a life of luxury. Both the movie and the man that sit at the center of that idea are a marvel to watch. Sumptuous and snarling all at once, it's a classic.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
Is this an indictment of American progress, our pursuit of oil, of riches, or is it an indictment of the pursuit of spirituality led by spiritless men? Or D, all of the above?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
brutal yet fascinating to watch
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
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.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
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.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
... a strong movie, with extraordinary visual power and the unsettling ambiguity of genuine art.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Beautifully crafted and acted though There Will Be Blood is, Daniel Plainview remains an enigma. This and weak, reaching developments in the third act make the film a lesser epic.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
I'd rather see something this daring--even when it doesn't quite work--over a generic Hollywood blockbuster any day.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
We have grown used to tales about what is won in conquest. What still shakes the American character at its core are tales such as this one, about what is lost.
Felicia Feaster - Orlando Weekly
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Those who believe America is trading blood for oil will find agreement in the film's very title, as well as in the action of prospecting and drilling, in which heavy stakes are driven into the Earth's heart to loose dark gushers...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
There Will Be Blood is a spectacular achievement that, at this early date, seems worthy to be mentioned alongside cinema's avowed masterpieces.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
A shockingly assured directorial vision.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Anderson is a gambler who likes wild cards.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Ultimately the film belongs to Day-Lewis, whose devotion to character is itself a bit mad, and Paul Thomas Anderson, who takes us places no other filmmaker dares.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
For a good two hours, the drama is pretty riveting stuff. A seemingly hasty, rushed and ridiculous finale does end things on a particularly unsatisfying note, though.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Day-Lewis tends to overpower the cast, especially in a scenery-chewing finale you'll find fascinating or unwatchable. (I loved it.)
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's a fascinating portrait of a man selling his soul bit by bit for wealth and power, but it may leave viewers longing for more of a plot.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
At its most forthright, however, There Will Be Blood is a rich character study of a fascinating individual who is by turns likable, loathsome, admirable, monstrous, and driven.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
I'm not sure Daniel Day-Lewis' performance represents the best acting of 2007, but it certainly represents the most acting of the past year.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Blood is oil,blood is family (and family is at worst a scam and at best an Achilles heel),but blood is also blood. If nothing else, the title is a spoiler for the final scene.
Karina Longworth - SpoutBlog
"Citizen Kane" drenched in oil and blood and left to bake in the hot California sun.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Like Day-Lewis' penetrating glare, the music sticks with you days and weeks after you've watched the movie.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Land, oil, blood. There will be lots of all in Paul Thomas Anderson's stunning new movie.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
When you remove the turn of the century pretext, There Will Be Blood is really nothing more than a battle between two ancient religions - Christianity and Capitalism.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Any towering institution is capable of producing monsters, even if none of them are as far removed from human frailty as Plainview [Day-Lewis] and his pitiable nemesis [Dano].
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's not a film to like, but it's too powerful to ignore.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A powerful, visionary, at times insane American epic from director Paul Thomas Anderson.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Though it is very different from the Upton Sinclair novel this is a film with the complexity of literature. THERE WILL BE BLOOD is an intelligent if not entirely pleasant experience to watch.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
There Will Be Blood is as close to perfection as you will find in a movie. It's dark and bleak in its material yet uplifting in the beauty of its craftsmanship.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Anderson's most mature and ambitious film yet...[though his] growth as a filmmaker remains hindered by an obsession with effect and a disinterest in depth.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
For Plainview, his veins might as well have been filled with crude oil, for he never got the taste out of his mouth. In more ways than one, for him, that toxic dream became all too vivid.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
At its best, There Will Be Blood feels possessed of elements of Days of Heavhen, Chinatown and Lawrence of Arabia. And if it doesn't quite stand with those films, how remarkable that it can be mentioned alongside tem.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A self-styled maverick of major ambition and, until now, minor films, [director P.T.] Anderson has achieved a bombastic breakthrough with There Will Be Blood.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
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.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
The dense, elegiac and extraordinarily mature character study There Will Be Blood is such a departure in tone, theme and execution as if to seem by a different filmmaker entirely.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
More than just the best film of the year, Blood is one of cinema's grandest character studies.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Daniel Day-Lewis' performance is the best of 2007, a towering portrayal of searing hatred.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Marred ever-so-slightly by a bizarre ending, this is still a picture that challenges the audience, encourages them to explore the elements within it, and rewards them for being open to possibilities.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The best film of 2007 starts with quiet drilling in the desert and ends decades later with a violent showdown in a bowling alley.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
There Will Be Blood is a brilliant film, a real, important work in a world that looks at art as a four-letter word, and another entry in a filmography that stands among the most important -- and yes, distinctive -- in modern movies.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
It's like a version of Citizen Kane that Stanley Kubrick might have directed. But the film has enough to lay its own influence in the minds of future filmmakers to come.
Michael Ferraro - Bronsonfive
Filmmaking at the highest level.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
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.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Whatever else it is or isn't, There Will Be Blood is an original, and a major, confident step forward.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
An overwhelming experience...simple even as it is devastating.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Up to now, director Paul Thomas Anderson's work has diminished with each film since Boogie Nights, but Blood is a maturation and reinvention.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
There will be no other film like it this year or next, nothing that sounds like it or looks like it or feels like it.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Anderson's drama is a beautiful combination of incredible cinematography, plays on morals and a stern statement about oil and the search for the American dream...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A remarkable epic distinguished further by Day-Lewis' performance.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
A true American epic in every sense of the word -- the kind of film that people will be analyzing and admiring for as long as people will continue to do such things.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
There Will Be Blood will be incredibly rewarding for many movie-goers, giving them ample fodder to discuss and deconstruct for years to come.
Brian Tallerico - The Deadbolt
Together [Day-Lewis and Dano] produce the year's most mercurial moments.
Kent Turner - Film-Forward.com
Performances, cinematography, writing, the amazing score from Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood -- we could go on. There Will Be Blood is odd, unsettling and completely engrossing, and just the thing to restore your faith in the movies.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
It delivers without question what it promised in its title.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Likely to cement the reputation of Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights) as the best of the younger American auteur filmmakers.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
That this insistently grim movie remains watchable is due in large measure to Day-Lewis, playing another wild-eyed eccentric (shades of Bill the Butcher) to mesmerizing effect.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Here is a film that makes its enormous intentions abundantly clear, then follows up on them magnificently, resulting in what seems destined to become a bona fide American classic.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
...almost as if Terrence Malick had directed Citizen Kane.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
More technically marvelous than Citizen Kane; more epic than Treasure of the Sierra Madre; more thrilling than any Malick film (yes, even Badlands).
Kevin Biggers - FilmStew.com
Anderson never once lets on that he's making a message movie; it's mesmerizing to watch.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
If Day-Lewis' Oscar-bound turn is one of the strongest of the year, it only calls more attention to the weaknesses around him.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Another phenomenal performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, who balances his character's purpose as symbol and depth as an individual.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
...as compelling and flat-out exhilarating as anything within the director's virtually flawless body of work.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A very, very well made film that elicits more of an intellectual than emotional reaction.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
a ravishing curiosity
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
'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.
Armond White - New York Press
...boils over with a finale so grandly insane it's like the twisted Actor's Studio version of Magnolia's climactic frog plague.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
If P.T. Anderson's next film is going to be this brilliant, I have no problem waiting another half a decade or more.
Zack Haddad - Film Threat
Anachronistic and phantasmagoric, America's early race for oil is brought into personal terms that resonate with the withering decay of greed.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Visceral, volatile and epic.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
An Old Testament bellow of ferocity and pain that seduces us on so many levels you'd swear you could see the fourth wall tumbling down around our ears.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Paul Thomas Anderson's fascinating fifth feature film is a sprawling, period piece character study... and an elongated put-on.
Brent Simon - ReelzChannel.com
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.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It feels like it has reinvented cinema. It feels like nothing you've ever seen before.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Anderson, the genius writer, has conjured up a tale of evil, family and greed as well as a religiosity/secularism push/pull that is at once opaque and crystal clear.
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
[Daniel] Day-Lewis plays Plainview as a man whose heart is pitch black but still beats.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
A mesmerizing character-study of a ruthless, misanthropic oilman doggedly building an empire in early 20th century California.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
[Anderson's] skills are enough to make There Will Be Blood one of the year's most striking films; yet I still can't quite understand the level of praise it's garnering.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
If there's any moviemaker who knows the California Dream was always a devil's bargain, it's Paul Thomas Anderson.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
This film invaded my consciousness (literally -- I had a dream about it the first night I saw it, a very rare occurrence) and still has a tight, daunting grip on it.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
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.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
It's dedicated to Altman, and yet Blood feels more like a collaborative effort from Kubrick, Malick, Weir, and Coppola. And the bizarre finale is 100 percent Anderson.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
The movie has problems, but Daniel Day-Lewis' seismic performance is reason enough to see it.
Kurt Loder - MTV
When a director who is not yet 40 creates a masterful work that extends his own vocabulary while enlarging our appreciation of earlier masters, the time has come to start comparing that filmmaker primarily against himself.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
[An] engrossing epic of misanthropy, capitalist monomania and religious quackery...at once savagely bleak from an emotional perspective and incredibly beautiful visually.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Ambitious, deeply flawed and studded with sequences that achieve pure, majestic greatness.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It's one of the best movies anyone's made all year.
Dave White - Movies.com
An excruciatingly long one-note film, filled with sickening and senseless violence, about a misanthropic oil man and an ego-filled minister.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's a refreshing change to see Daniel Day-Lewis get wild and woolly as Plainview, whose fearsomeness and villainy are electrifying.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
No lesson needs to be learned here, but observations can and should be noted because we're so rarely fed such coldly realistic characters.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
This cinematic gut-punch is a wake-up call for the potential of a film to get under the viewers' skin. At a time when most movies are as expendable as fast food, here's one you won't be able to shake off anytime soon.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Paul Thomas Anderson's overlong Upton Sinclair adaptation is nearly worth seeing solely for Daniel Day-Lewis's unforgettable performance. Nearly.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
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.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Everything about this production is bold from Jack Fisk's stark period production design to the strikingly discordant score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. And then there is the towering performance by the unparalleled Daniel Day-Lewis...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's almost needless to write that Daniel Day-Lewis tears into the role with hurricane-like authority. This is not acting, folks, it's a demonic possession.
Brian Orndorf - DVDTalk.com
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.
Harry Chotiner - culturevulture.net
A masterpiece from Paul Thomas Anderson. You won't be able to shake it off. Daniel Day Lewis delivers a chilling portrait of greed. He can be charming, cunning, terrifying and pathetic -- sometimes all at once. This is a landmark performance.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Has the force and power of scripture.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Simultaneously exhilarating and disturbing while leading me to a place I wasn't sure I wanted to go.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
The watershed achievement of both Day-Lewis' and Anderson's careers.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A bloody-fanged, no-prisoners take on Manifest Destiny greed ... In short: an all-American tale.
Chris Barsanti - ToxicUniverse.com
An exegesis of capitalism and the 'Horatio Alger myth,' as well as a captivating character study, There Will Be Blood is a near-masterpiece of epic proportion.
Marlow Stern - Manhattan Movie Magazine
Best Picture of 2007, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, and Best Cinematography.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
[Blood] has repeatedly been compared to such American cinema classics as Giant, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Citizen Kane. That may sound like an oversell but believe me, it is that good and then some.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Destined to take its place among such ageless tragedies of American avarice as The Godfather, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Scarface, and yes, Citizen Kane.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Baffling ending notwithstanding, a stunning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in a film that won five awards (of a total of fifteen) from New York Film Critics Online.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Paul Thomas Anderson's American masterpiece.
David Fear - Time Out New York
Interesting, original, quality work.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
This operatic drama rivets us to the seat from the wordless opening reel and never lets us go.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
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.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Paul Thomas Anderson's loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel Oil! finds the director exhibiting newfound maturity and restraint without sacrificing any measure of artistry.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
[A] work [of] blistering intensity -- and filmmaking that can make your jaw drop.
David Ansen - Newsweek
A macabre joke: suppose Capitalism and Evangelism climbed down an inky black hole together? Which one would emerge?
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
There Will Be Blood is a vivid, sprawling parable about greed and moral corrosion.
David D'Arcy - Screen International
A major work from an extremely talented director. But it is also a flawed, and at times distasteful, piece that will turn off as many viewers as it turns on.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
What Day-Lewis displays here is his extraordinary theatrical genius for the cinematic frame, which he's not reticent to make use of to its deepest dimension when the moment calls it out.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Too real to keep popcorn audiences interested, but for more patient moviegoers Daniel Day-Lewis's hypnotic performance makes it a must see.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Defies Fresh/Rotten designation by being SO good and SO bad all in one very confused act of inspiration. Cineastes must go to wallow in it.
David Poland - Movie City News
With references to Citizen Kane, Treasure of Sierra Madre, and Giant, this uniquely American saga about unbridled greed and evils of capitalism is Anderson's most haunting and ambitious work to date.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's more than a "departure" for director Paul Thomas Anderson; it's a monumental display of "evolution" that'll wow the established fans and impress a helluva lot more new ones.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical