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Dave Chappelle's Block Party Reviews

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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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 6, 2006
I want to see another hour of Dave Chappelle's Block Party.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2006
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 3, 2006
A return to rowdy form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2006
No one enjoys the free festivities more than Chappelle, who wanders through the film like a kid on Christmas morning. A very funny kid.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Patrick MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 3, 2006
Chappelle's talent and the characters in the movie give it a universal appeal, even to those unfamiliar with hip-hop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 3, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 3, 2006
Block Party makes for a transcendent experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 3, 2006
The music is angry and the jokes are raw but, ultimately, Block Party conveys a positive message to audiences. Instead of competition, we see collaboration between the artists and unity in the diverse crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 3, 2006
Strictly for fans of the musical acts and those who think everything Chappelle does is genius.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 3, 2006
While unlikely to enter the annals of great concert filmmaking, Dave Chappelle's Block Party does capture the moment at hand with a breezy, offhanded and utterly user-friendly charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 3, 2006
Once in a great while there's a movie that's so funny, infectious and welcoming - a movie that makes you feel so good about America and the people in it - you just want to climb inside the screen and live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 3, 2006
Watching the concert on screen is almost as good as being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
March 3, 2006
Block Party puts Chappelle (who co-produced the movie) in the host position, and he's very funny...
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Lana Berkowitz
Houston Chronicle
March 3, 2006
His racial jokes have an edge, but they are not as deadly as the Chappelle's Show skits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 3, 2006
Gangly, disarming and slyly witty, Chappelle is at ease with people of all ages and races, and has a knack for finding humour without forcing it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 3, 2006
...an off-the-wall celebration that mixes humor and music to amusing, if not life-changing, effect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 3, 2006
His [Chappelle] return to the public eye doesn't result in much musical magic or comedic fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 3, 2006
Part concert film, part documentary and part comedy, Block Party plays like a sampler of contemporary rap.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 3, 2006
It feels rangy but is also a work of expert timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2006
...an uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 3, 2006
It's a jubilant, civic-minded lollapalooza.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 2, 2006
Dave Chappelle's exhilarating new film chronicles a free block party that was held in 2004 on a dead-end street in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 2, 2006
'This is the best single day of my career,' Chappelle says at the film's end, sitting down for a quiet moment after the music and laughter have stopped. And you absolutely believe him.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 2, 2006
It's a defiant act of optimistic patriotism. This is what Dave Chappelle's America looks like, and now that we get the idea, there's no reason we can't live in it too.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 2, 2006
Must fun of all, however, is basking in Chappelle's ability to be effortlessly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
March 2, 2006
Dave Chappelle and hip-hop greats throw a party to remember.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 2, 2006
You will wish you'd been invited to Dave Chappelle's Block Party, but watching the documentary about the September 2004 concert event is the next best thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 2, 2006
There's an innocent joy and a genial detachment, as if Chappelle's playing host to his own celebrity. He's Johnny Carson-ing his fame, as it were.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2, 2006
Dave Chappelle's Block Party is a fairly disorganized film about a fairly disorganized concert, redeemed by the good feeling Chappelle sheds like a sunbeam on every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 2, 2006
While the future of Chappelle's Show remains in doubt, we have his insanely funny concert film, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, to sustain us.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
March 2, 2006
This is a concert film with real soul, message and emotion. Its coin is all too rare these days.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 2, 2006
Block Party is an uproarious good time, part documentary, part concert film, part who knows what?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 2, 2006
Dave Chappelle's Block Party confirms that he's not just instinctually funny, he has impeccable musical taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 2, 2006
Block Party is an easygoing, loose-limbed, big-lunged celebration of, well, celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 1, 2006
Dave Chappelle's Block Party is perhaps the first concert movie since Stop Making Sense to give you a blissful buzz.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 28, 2006
This rare sense of wonder at life's infinite possibilities is what unites Chappelle with the work of Michel Gondry, a filmmaker on unusually good terms with his inner child.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 28, 2006
A heady spirit of spontaneity permeates the proceedings, suggesting the entire pic, much like the concert it documents, was conceived, planned and completed in a single burst of creative enthusiasm.
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Ed Halter
Village Voice
February 28, 2006
This picture remains faithful to the underlying affability of both Chappelle and Gondry, orchestrating a feel-good homestyle vibe that, while peppered with moments of sly political commentary, never harshes its own, slightly bittersweet mellow.