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

Dave Chappelle's Block Party Reviews

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Top Critic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 2, 2006
What should be a breezy, hand-waving romp turns out to be a misshapen, lazy flop. One moment it soothes the heart with sweet music, and the next it fries your ears with feedback.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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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
Matt Pais
March 3, 2006
By cutting away from the music just as things start cooking, what could have been a great rockumentary becomes too much of a Chappelle celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 3, 2006
reminiscent of the rockumentaries from the 1970s and 1980s which showed artists taking themselves much too seriously
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
February 28, 2006
Chappelle laughingly admits, 'I'm mediocre at both [comedy and music] and yet have managed to talk my way into a fortune.' I agree. This movie proves his point perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 3, 2006
If you like the guy and the sort of music featured at his bash, give it a try. If not, give it a pass and check out Neil Young: Heart of Gold instead.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 3, 2006
The cinematic equivalent of that first beautiful day of spring ... when you can take off your coat and go to the park, bob your head with the radios playing to the open, sweet-scented air and watch the pretty girls walk by.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.4/10
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
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
Top Critic
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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 3, 2006
It feels rangy but is also a work of expert timing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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
Edward Douglas
February 28, 2006
More than just a concert film, Block Party is a great look into the mind of a comedian, captured at the height of his success.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 6, 2006
I want to see another hour of Dave Chappelle's Block Party.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 2, 2006
A good-timey vibe lasts from beginning to end of Party.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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