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There Will Be Blood
Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson steps outside his contemporary world of dysfunctional Angelenos to explore a very different dysfunctional man -- an oil pioneer whose trailblazing spirit is equaled only by his murderous ambition. There Will Be Blood is Anderson's loose adaptation of the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, and it focuses its attentions on Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a miner who happens upon black gold during a disastrous excavation that ends in a broken leg. Pulling himself up from the bowels of the earth, both literally and metaphorically, Plainview embarks on a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This sometimes magnificent, decidedly strange film is a portrait of a terrible, rapacious man."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"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,
"Perhaps the best barometer of Anderson's astonishing success here is that he manages to invest this weighty allegory with such a wealth of character and nuance."
‑ Michael Koresky, Stop Smiling
"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
"This is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson that has overshot the runway of movie modernity with something thrillingly, dangerously new."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"One of the most wholly original American movies ever made."
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"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
"As a character study, There Will Be Blood is unsurpassed. Just don't expect to strike oil straight away."
‑ Ali Gray,
"There will be blood, indeed"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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,
"There Will Be Blood establishes itself as a film of Darwinian ferocity, a stark and pitiless parable of American capitalism."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"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
"Who suggested the John Huston accent? We keep expecting Daniel Plainview to molest a young niece or something."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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]
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