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      Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones Reviews

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      Chappelle is fascinating, sophisticated, and what sets him apart, fearless.

      Full Review | Sep 20, 2019

      There were moments in this special that I can get behind, but there were others that I'm shocked that Netflix gave the go-ahead to.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Sep 12, 2019

      Sticks and Stones registers as a temper tantrum, the product of a man who wants it all -- money, fame, influence -- without much having to answer to anyone.

      Full Review | Sep 10, 2019

      [O]verall, I found the special funny, entertaining, and yes... very edgy. But more importantly, I felt like in the end, the world of comedy benefited from it.

      Full Review | Original Score: 10/10 | Sep 9, 2019

      You've got our attention, pal. You just haven't delivered the funny.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4 | Sep 8, 2019

      Sticks & Stones leaves the audience with the sense that there was more work to be done before the special was filmed.

      Full Review | Sep 6, 2019

      Ultimately, though, it feels like stale work from a comedian who was once known for truly boundary-pushing comedy - the kind that actually understood nuance, particularly where famous and powerful men were concerned.

      Full Review | Sep 6, 2019

      Sticks & Stones exists as a defiant design to intentionally offend large swaths of the audience Chappelle deems too thin-skinned and easily outraged.. while serving up simple, low-bar yucks to anyone yearning for validation of their anti-P.C. stance.

      Full Review | Sep 5, 2019

      Lacking empathy can certainly be amusing, but Sticks & Stones is a tired routine by a man who forgot to layer jokes into his act, too often sounding like a pundit on Fox News.

      Full Review | Sep 4, 2019

      He's one of the few comedians who can really touch on a lot of different sensitive topics and still make it funny.

      Full Review | Sep 4, 2019

      There's an overwhelming feeling of the now as you watch "Sticks and Stones." It feels immediate, a plea from one of our very best comedians to his own audience to stop the hysteria.

      Full Review | Sep 4, 2019

      I couldn't help but appreciate the fact that, well, this guy will do it; he'll go there.

      Full Review | Sep 3, 2019

      Sticks and Stones is designed to generate inflammatory coverage... It's a symbiotic cycle with no end in sight, and it's become the last thing a beloved provocateur should ever want to be: predictable.

      Full Review | Aug 29, 2019

      Sticks & Stones is terrible, and [Dave] Chappelle can only blame himself for that.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/10 | Aug 28, 2019

      Like dropping in on a rascally uncle who doesn't know, or doesn't care, how much he's disappointing you.

      Full Review | Aug 27, 2019

      "Sticks & Stones" isn't necessarily a failure, it just feels like Chappelle presenting half-formed material with few jokes that truly hit hard and stand out.

      Full Review | Aug 27, 2019

      The set mostly misses the mark. And what is that mark? The truth. Chappelle remains one of the most vital, and certainly among the most daring, of standups... His latest hour is a setback.

      Full Review | Aug 27, 2019

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