Box art for There Will Be Blood

There Will Be Blood

drama


A sprawling epic of family, faith, power and oil, THERE WILL BE BLOOD is set on the incendiary frontier of California's turn-of-the-century petroleum boom.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    91%
  • Audience Score
    86%

common sense

ON for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

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."

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

Fresh:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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

3 stars

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

5 stars

Dark, slow paced in an eerie fashion. Great exterior shots, script, acting. Typical PTA mixed wif The Last of the Mohicans, so choice. Update: Delicious, oily masterpiece.

- Chiefilms, Monday, November 8, 2010