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Rock the Bells (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 11
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The efforts of one tireless concert promoter reuniting legendary hip-hop outfit the Wu-Tang Clan for one final farewell concert form the central story of filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly's look at the events that led up to the group's historical performance at the Rock the Bells Music Festival. From luring the disagreeable Ol' Dirty Bastard from the comforts of his hotel room to the desperate attempts to calm the swelling crowd, this documentary offers a compelling look at one of hip-hop's most

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Rock the Bells deals with the mechanics of how to pull off a concert, not with what brought Wu-Tang Clan together or split them up. The impressive teamwork of the promoters upstages the egos of hip-hop divos and their rampaging fans.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A flat-out stunner that combines a celebration of hip-hop culture with a disaster film.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Humorously, but with knuckles bared, captures every twitch of angst, chaos and near-calamity that unfolds as the concert draws near and Weisberg's dream devolves into a nightmare.

June 8, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Rock the Bells is stressful to watch, but its entertaining stage performances and document of people under pressure should interest even non-rap fans.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Rock the Bells [ends] on a high note, but in a minor chord of sadness.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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For connoisseurs of stories of show business near-disasters, Bells is compelling viewing.

April 24, 2007
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A love letter to fans and fandom that is so heartfelt, it bleeds through the boundaries of musical taste.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinematical
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The show goes on -- despite the Wu-Tang Clan.

May 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Rock the Bells' homespun documentary aesthetic evokes a DVD special feature more than an actual film.

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Urgent and unrelenting

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Outright exhilarating... Rock the Bells doesn't just delve behind the scenes; it makes a showstopping guest-MC out of each crazy new obstacle.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

Hip-hop's irreverent answer to Woodstock!

April 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Hip-Hop Book Club
Hip-Hop Book Club

While "much ado about nothing" might be overstating things, after more than an hour and a half of buildup, it would have been nice to see Wu-Tang perform.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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