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Rock the Bells Reviews

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Karina Longworth
February 1, 2008
A love letter to fans and fandom that is so heartfelt, it bleeds through the boundaries of musical taste.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin M. Williams
Chicago Tribune
June 28, 2007
A flat-out stunner that combines a celebration of hip-hop culture with a disaster film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
June 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Los Angeles Daily News
May 5, 2007
The show goes on -- despite the Wu-Tang Clan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
May 4, 2007
Rock the Bells is stressful to watch, but its entertaining stage performances and document of people under pressure should interest even non-rap fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
May 4, 2007
Rock the Bells' homespun documentary aesthetic evokes a DVD special feature more than an actual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
May 3, 2007
Rock the Bells [ends] on a high note, but in a minor chord of sadness.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 24, 2007
For connoisseurs of stories of show business near-disasters, Bells is compelling viewing.
Chris Cabin
April 18, 2007
Urgent and unrelenting
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 13, 2007
Outright exhilarating... Rock the Bells doesn't just delve behind the scenes; it makes a showstopping guest-MC out of each crazy new obstacle.
Kam Williams
Hip-Hop Book Club
April 12, 2007
Hip-hop's irreverent answer to Woodstock!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Margasak
Chicago Reader
April 11, 2007
A Los Angeles hip-hop promoter tries to stage the first concert in six years by the legendary Wu-Tang Clan in this entertaining video documentary.
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Ronnie Scheib
April 11, 2007
Lively and amusing.
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Andrew O'Hehir
April 11, 2007
Tense, hilarious and totally serendipitous.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 11, 2007
The lively hip-hop documentary Rock the Bells demands neither familiarity with the music nor a hankering for rhyme.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
April 11, 2007
This nerve-racking knockout of a film pays testament to the passion of the Tang, and to the memory of the loose-cannon lyricist who never lived to see his lyrics born.
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