'Dave Chappelle's Block Party' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   128 reviews
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Must fun of all, however, is basking in Chappelle's ability to be effortlessly funny.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    75
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Fernando F. Croce CinePassion
    Gives off an inclusive hum
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Brian Marder Hollywood.com
    80
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    100
    Gondry brings a caught-on-the-fly style to the footage that nonetheless coheres into something that feels planned, or pre-ordained.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michelle Thomas Future Movies UK
    60
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound
    88
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    42
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Kam Williams Upstage Magazine
    100
    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 » 7 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Film Journal International
    It's no Last Waltz, but this crowd-pleasing concert film offers an entertaining mix of music and comedy.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Joe Utichi FilmFocus
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Matthew Leyland BBC
    80
    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 » 8 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    60
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Edward Lawrenson Time Out
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    60
    The atmosphere is genuinely infectious - the fact that the event is packed, despite pouring rain, speaks volumes.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    50
    It looks like run-of-the-mill party videos shot by a drunk.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Rubin Safaya Cinemalogue.com
    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...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jean-Francois Vandeuren Panorama
    70
    Dave Chappelle's Block Party parvient a capturer l'esprit de fete, autant celui de la mise en %u0153uvre que de l'evenement lui-meme, avec une efficacite a toute epreuve.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
    86
    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.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    70
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Mark Pfeiffer Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
    75
    [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 » 8 years ago
  • Steven Snyder Zertinet Movies
    88
    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 » 8 years ago
  • Collin Souter eFilmCritic.com
    88
    LIke Wattstax and Festival Express before it, Chappelle and Gondry's movie makes you feel as though you're at a party when, in fact, you're just sitting in a darkened theater.
    Full Review » 8 years ago