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There Will Be Blood Review

Movies.com Critics

5.0

Dave White Profile

It's one of the best movies anyone's made all year. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    92

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Daniel Day-Lewis's portrayal is not just the performance of the year -- there will be injustice if he doesn't win an Oscar -- but a creation of awesome proportions.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Day-Lewis... the role of a lifetime.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A searingly intense and artful tale that grabs hold of the viewer from its jarring and wordless opening scenes and doesn't let go.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Slow-moving, somber drama is too mature for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that most teens probably won't be clamoring to see this slow-moving, somber drama about mature, sometimes abstract themes like capitalism and religion as driving forces in 19th- and early 20th-century America. Violence includes mining and oil well accidents (explosions, flames, a couple of deaths), several fights (hitting and kicking), and a shooting (abrupt and disturbing). The blood referenced in the title comes at the end of the movie, during a protracted, brutal struggle. Some drinking and smoking; language includes "hell" and damn."

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Is there a clearly defined "good guy" or "bad guy"? Do characters that offer a mix of both qualities more accurately reflect real life? If so, why do you think TV shows and movies don't feature characters like that more often? How are Daniel and Eli both alike and at odds?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Daniel, the designated "capitalist," is a greedy, calculating man whose disdain for others only grows more pronounced as the film proceeds; the "man of god" is also conniving and power-mad; at last, Daniel's son breaks away, though he does so by competing with his father in business, exactly what his father hates most.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Early on, Daniel is injured in a mining accident (his leg is pierced by a tool, and there's some blood). Several oil drilling accidents, a couple with explosions and flames; two accidents kill workers (brief explosions, bodies shown) and one injures a young boy (his body is slammed and unconscious, and he's left deaf). An angry Daniel slaps and hits H.W. Eli attacks his father, trying to strangle him. Daniel attacks Eli, kicking and hitting him, dragging him into an oil pool. Murder committed by gunfire (no blood visible). Eli slaps Daniel hard and repeatedly during a baptism. A brutal, bloody murder is committed at the film's end.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Daniel and Henry visit a brothel -- kissing couples appear in the background.

  • language false0

    Language: Language includes "hell," "damn," and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some thematic commercialism -- the film follows the building of an oil empire.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Daniel quiets infant H.W. by pouring whiskey into his bottle and, years later, gives him whiskey to make him sleep. Daniel drinks repeatedly, several times to the point of passing out; Henry drinks a few times as well. Daniel smokes cigarettes and a pipe, as do his right-hand man and several background characters.

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