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Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 115 | Rotten: 10

Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic. Buoyed by Chappelle's witty, infectious humor and outstanding performances from some of the more socially conscious artists in hip-hop like Mos Def, Kayne West, the Roots, and (will wonders never cease?) the reunited Fugees, this documentary/concert film is a joyous experience. With an appealing mix like that, who doesn't want to attend this Party?

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 3

Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a raucous return to the spotlight for the comic. Buoyed by Chappelle's witty, infectious humor and outstanding performances from some of the more socially conscious artists in hip-hop like Mos Def, Kayne West, the Roots, and (will wonders never cease?) the reunited Fugees, this documentary/concert film is a joyous experience. With an appealing mix like that, who doesn't want to attend this Party?

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A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Mr. Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and -- reunited

Jun 13, 2006

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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (10) | DVD (19)

Chappelle keeps things lively, joking on camera, punctuating the acts with gags , while Michel Gondry maintains our interest, focusing as much on Chappelle's energy and wit, and goings-on behind the scenes, as the gig itself.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I want to see another hour of Dave Chappelle's Block Party.

March 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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A return to rowdy form.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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No one enjoys the free festivities more than Chappelle, who wanders through the film like a kid on Christmas morning. A very funny kid.

March 3, 2006
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Chappelle's talent and the characters in the movie give it a universal appeal, even to those unfamiliar with hip-hop.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's intermittently funny, but it peaks too soon and runs far too long. And for all its length, Block Party doesn't tell us much about Chappelle that we haven't seen before.

March 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Gives off an inclusive hum

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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Gondry brings a caught-on-the-fly style to the footage that nonetheless coheres into something that feels planned, or pre-ordained.

July 29, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Dull and repetitive. Your own reaction to it will depend a lot on how well you like these particular artists performing in concert.

January 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Easily overshadowed by the musical performers, particularly The Fugees, reunited to deliver a most-moving rendition of Killing Me Softly, it is easy to understand why Dave withdrew into his shell, after watching his lame stand-up act here.

January 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

It's no Last Waltz, but this crowd-pleasing concert film offers an entertaining mix of music and comedy.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A concert film for people who don't like concert films, Dave Chappelle's Block Party does such a good job of putting you in the middle of the action that only the end credits can remind you that you're sitting in a movie theatre.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Yes, there's a little preachiness here, but it doesn't puncture the party mood. Or stop Chappelle telling dirty jokes about prostitutes, for that matter. Thanks to him this isn't just a musical feast, but a rib-busting comedy too.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

As a comedy, it doesn't quite gel. As a musical it doesn't have much more luck, but as a showcase for Chappelle's talents, Block Party works just fine.

June 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

The atmosphere is genuinely infectious - the fact that the event is packed, despite pouring rain, speaks volumes.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

It looks like run-of-the-mill party videos shot by a drunk.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Because Chappelle's really digging into who people are... he has the capacity to adeptly grasp such perennial wellsprings of humor as class conflict to a degree unparalleled by modern entertainers...

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

One of the best films of the year so far, this party begins with an inspired act of generosity: Dave Chappelle handing out golden tickets to a New York block festival, featuring hip-hop's biggest acts.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dave Chappelle's Block Party parvient à capturer l'esprit de fête, autant celui de la mise en %u0153uvre que de l'événement lui-même, avec une efficacité à toute épreuve.

March 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

Gondry doesn't seriously push the visual envelope; all he's doing is assembling a souvenir, an almost great document of a party most of us missed.

March 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Chappelle frequently fades to the sideline as the musical groups take over, offering a blisteringly memorable snapshot of hip hop's state of the art in 2004.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

[Chappelle's] an edgy comedian, but his purpose with the concert and film is to make a diverse crowd feel comfortable with one another. More than any message, that effort is likely to be remembered.

March 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

No, it's not Shakespeare, it's not Citizen Kane, but when a movie is this funny, addictive, affectionate, energetic, uplifting and aware of the world and its people and their hearts, it is just as much a triumph.

March 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

LIke Wattstax and Festival Express before it, Chappelle and Gondry's movie makes you feel as though you're at a party when, in fact, you're just sitting in a darkened theater.

March 14, 2006 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This is effectively an inner-city Woodstock -- only funny.

March 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dave Chappelle's Block Party

Dave Chappelle: This is the concert I always wanted to see!

Before the creative differences Dave Chapelle had concerning the future of his show, he decided to fund a large block party in New York, inviting many music artists that he is friends with as well as many people from his home town in Ohio, as well as a number of people from the area that could get hold of a ticket. What occurred was a large gathering of people, documented by director Michel Gondry.

Not just about Chappelle's comedy. Not just about the concert music. Mainly about a lot of people getting together and having a good time together and it shows.

Towards the end Chappelle says that this was the best day of his career, and you can see that he's sincere. It is such a good movie in terms of having a group of people coming together and performing as friends as well as seeing an audience all standing together, in the rain no less, and having a great time, no fights or problems, just a fun concert with Dave Chappelle as the MC.

There are some very funny parts in between the acts involving little things Chapelle does to get the audience going. There are very good musical performances from the alternative hip-hop crowds that aren't the terrible pop-rap that is heard at all the parties, instead it's more meaningful and more quality beats.

The lineup is awesome for the right crowd: The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Jill Scott, Dead Prez and Kanye West. The idea is to have everyone enjoy it regardless of if hip-hop is there preference or not.

I also can't stress how nice it is just to see Chapelle interacting with various people. He's not turned on, he just acts like a regular guy who is just generally funny. Scenes cut in throughout, showing Dave practice in a studio with the backup band, making them laugh is just as much fun as the rest of the movie.

Quality film, one of my favorites from 2006.

Dave Chappelle: Bringing me to my next point, Comedians and Musicians are very much connected. Comedians think that they can sing, while musicians think they're funny. For example, Mos Def - funny guy, Jamie Foxx - talented piano player and singer. I'm mediocre at both and yet have managed to talk my way into a fortune.
February 21, 2008
DrZeek

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If you're watching it for Chappelle, don't bother. If you're watching it for some great hip hop, proceed.
November 12, 2006
mjgildea

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic]"Dave Chappelle's Block Party" is an entertaining concert film directed by Michel Gondry about comedian Dave Chappelle throwing a free block party and concert in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn on September 18, 2004, and inviting old friends and a college marching band from his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Performers include Erykah Badu, Kanye West and the Fugees. Chappelle's intention is to give something back to the community while also bringing rap music to a broader audience.(It worked at least for this reviewer, who was also curious about Mos Def's rapping after seeing him act in a few movies. Look at it this way - I was planning on referencing Fleetwood Mac when discussing the marching band.) Throughout, Chappelle's engaging presence keeps things moving but the editing interrupts the flow often with too much time given to preparation and background. And the eccentric couple living in the abandoned building are interesting but not worth spending a great deal of time on and probably not representative of the neighborhood, anyway.[/font]
May 11, 2007
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Walter M.

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The guy in the video store warned me..don't rent the Block Party! It isn't a Chappelle comedy show. Well I knew that but I was still disappointed. Chappelle attempts to bring all the influences in his life to one big block party and descended into a cheaply filmed concert film.
February 2, 2008
John Ballantine

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