This is possibly the greatest film I have ever had the honor of seeing. I seriously thought I had been floored by No Country for Old Men, Once, and Requiem for a Dream, but after seeing this, I am not so sure. There is simply no other way to describe this movie but as a wholly American epic. That, and this WAS literally, a perfect movie. There is not one thing I can find fault with in this film, except for some slightly unconvincing aging effects-- which amount to no fault at all. If I were to try and explain how epic and brilliant this movie is-- which is an incredible feat without going on and on-- I would have no qualm at all declaring There Will Be Blood this generation's The Godfather. And as much as I could very easily continue forever about this movie, I want to cover the content wrap up. So as for content, a Red for violence, in my opinion, is completely unwarranted. There was very little violence throughout the entire movie, and only one brief scene at the end even comes close to R-rated material. There was very little language in the whole film-- I'm not sure there were even ten cuss words uttered the entire time (none of which were serious: maybe three or so ***damns, and one *ss. There was an instance of multiple uses of b*stard, but they were used contextually, and not as a slur.) But simply the maturity and intelligence level required for this movie alone completely warrants an R rating, because you just could not show a thirteen year old this film and expect them to understand everything in it. If a film could be rated R for thematic material, this would be that film. But as it is, there was that brief scene which allowed the MPAA enough solid reason to rate it R, but is by no means anything gratuitous or graphic. If you have even thought about seeing this film, or you have a teenager who wishes to see it and you know they are mature enough to understand all of it-- do not hesitate a second. See this film before you regret it. It will be an absolute travesty if this or No Country does not win Best Picture.