Dave Chappelle's Block Party Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Gives off an inclusive hum
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 29, 2007
Gondry brings a caught-on-the-fly style to the footage that nonetheless coheres into something that feels planned, or pre-ordained.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 17, 2007
Dull and repetitive. Your own reaction to it will depend a lot on how well you like these particular artists performing in concert.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
January 9, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
July 13, 2006
It's no Last Waltz, but this crowd-pleasing concert film offers an entertaining mix of music and comedy.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 8, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
July 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 30, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 29, 2006
The atmosphere is genuinely infectious - the fact that the event is packed, despite pouring rain, speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Edward Lawrenson
Time Out
June 29, 2006
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
It looks like run-of-the-mill party videos shot by a drunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
May 4, 2006
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...
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
April 28, 2006
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.
March 23, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 20, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 18, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 15, 2006
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 15, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Collin Souter
eFilmCritic.com
March 14, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 11, 2006
This is effectively an inner-city Woodstock -- only funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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