Dave Chappelle's Block Party - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dave Chappelle's Block Party Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Gives off an inclusive hum
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
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
Michelle Thomas
Future Movies UK
July 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Leyland
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
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.
Rubin Safaya
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.
| 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
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