There Will Be Blood
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Slow-moving, somber drama is too mature for kids.
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Fresh: 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, Friday, January 11, 2008
Fresh: 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, Friday, January 11, 2008
Poor storytelling and virtually no character development. Arbitrary, episodic and confusing. Yes - DDL is God and the cinematography and sense of place and time are uncanny but after a terrific opening hour this film just coughs and sputters.
- brooklynspo, Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Daniel Day-Lewis is great. I admit it, he's better than Viggo in Eastern Promises, the Oscars got it right. For a long film, I found that this one moved along quite well until the final half-hour. The conflict between industry and family, and industry and religion, was well transferred into individual people, creating a story that is somewhat an allegory. That said, though, it comes as too linear and normal of a story from the outset. I'm looking for the Western that it almost is, and then, wham, here's an extra 30 minutes so P.T. Anderson can make his precious point. It struck me as posturing: the ending was the right one, but it just felt so heavy-handed and it clashed with the rest of the film. Reminds me of his other heavy-handed slog, Magnolia, come to think of it... very artistic and well-shot films, but ones in which the story ends up taking a back seat in the end. Still worth seeing, but I guess it just isn't my kind of movie.
- danperry17, Wednesday, November 10, 2010