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For bleakness, the movie can't be beat -- nor for brilliance.
In terms of excitement, imagination and rule-busting experimentation, it's a gusher.
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.
The Hollywood Reporter
Daniel Day-Lewis stuns in Paul Thomas Anderson's saga of a soul-dead oil man.
Chicago Tribune
Day-Lewis... the role of a lifetime.
Miami Herald
The fact that that character happens to be so repellent -- and yet so endlessly fascinating -- is one of the film's many strokes of genius.
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 important to remember that Sinclair was as much a committed socialist as a novelist, someone who probably wrote for political purpose more than for dramatic effect. So while Day-Lewis' gorgeous acting largely disguises it, the people in "Blood" tend to be schematic and the film as a whole has a weakness for the didactic.
A searingly intense and artful tale that grabs hold of the viewer from its jarring and wordless opening scenes and doesn't let go.
Just a few barrels short of being a masterpiece.
With a grating symphonic score by ­Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and the constant sense of danger following Plainview, "Blood" does not release its grip on the audience until its last, bizarrely crazy minutes.
Anderson almost brings off a picture worthy of his grandiose ambition.

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