There Will Be Blood

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

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

R 2008 158 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 55 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

A Little Violent (Non Gory)

There is no doubt violence in this movie, but most of it is the type of violence with no gore and little blood, the worst scene is the ending scene and kids can just cover their eyes, other than that two dead corpses are shown and a few non brutal mining accidents as well. But I think the main part of why kids should watch this film is the fact that it has a really great message about greed and what it can do to a person, and that's something I think not only every child but every human should learn about in their life.

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age 13+

Advanced, morally complex story gets violent at times

There Will Be Blood follows Daniel Plainview, an oil tycoon stopping at nothing to reach success, whether it’s using his own son for profit or manipulating and shaming others. He even gets to the point where he murders those who do him wrong. We also meet Eli Sunday, a pastor who exploits and uses his community for a following much like Daniel, and eventually the two forces collide in a brutal fashion. Expect some (rather shocking) violence. VIOLENCE: MODERATE Several shocking accidents on an oil rig. A man falls into a pit, lands on his back and injures his leg. A large and heavy wooden board falls from an extreme height onto a mans head. Blood spews out and his bloodied corpse is shown on the floor. A heavy metal rod falls down a well and crushed the man inside, his bloody corpse with injury detail is shown dragged about afterwards. During a fire on the oil rig, pressure from within sends a child falling from a large height, he lands on his back and looses hearing for the rest of the film. The oil rig is shown on fire in an intense sequence. A man is punched in the face, slapped repeatedly, grabbed by his hair and dragged into an oily and dirty pit where he has mud and oil shoved into his face and mouth. A man is grabbed by the face and shot in the head in a very up-close shot. No blood is shown and the scene is dimly lit, but this is disturbing in nature because he squirms around even after he is shot. His body is buried in the ground. A man has his head beaten in with a bowling pin. The actual impact of the pin is offscreen, but the mans crushed and caved in head is shown afterwards with a very large pool of blood forming around it and blood splattered on the wall beside him. His corpse is shown for a very extended period of time, and this scene is bloody. The film can be violent at times, but the film isn’t very far from having a PG-13 rating because none of the violence is all that explicit or graphic, yet pretty disturbing. LANGUAGE: MILD Use of “goddamn”, “hell”, one very brief use each of “ass” and “shit”. Very clean language for an R rated film. SEXUAL CONTENT: BONE A brief scene in a brothel shows a man and a woman kissing against a wall in an out of focus shot, no sexual content shown. Clean film in this regard. DRUG CONTENT: MILD Heavy abuse of alcohol, especially towards the end. Smoking throughout. OVERALL: 13+ for disturbing images and some violence

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Too much violence

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