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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    A return to rowdy form for Chappelle. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Besides being filled with Chappelle's hilarious sense of humor, the movie features life-affirming messages and great music by serious rap artists with political, socio-cultural and spiritual themes. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The comedian has had his ups and downs recently, but the film is pure up, a wonderfully genial and inclusive record -- not that the music is devoid of anger or social protest -- of a day-long, freestyle show. show more

  • 75
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ain't nothin' but a party, y'all. show more

  • 100
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Once in a great while there's a movie that's so funny, infectious and welcoming - a movie that makes you feel so good about America and the people in it - you just want to climb inside the screen and live there. That's the case with Dave Chappelle's Block Party - part comedy, part concert film, part avant-garde experiment, and all of it a joy. show more

  • 90
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    The word "community" has become a cliche, but this party, both backstage and before the crowd, illustrates a specific sense of cultural community and the singular bliss of standing on a city street in late-summer rain for a once-in-a-lifetime concert. show more

  • 100
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie they've assembled is in the vein of 1973's "Wattstax," but it's much more than a concert documentary. It's a jubilant, civic-minded lollapalooza. show more

  • 88
    Allison Benedikt Chicago Tribune

    An uplifting, funny and engaging star-studded affair. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    As for the movie, I've seen better comedy films and better concert films. It noodles around too much and gets distracted from the music. Michel Gondry, who directed, makes good fiction films but is not an instinctive documentarian and forgets that even a fly on the wall should occasionally find some peanut butter. As the record of a state of mind, however, the film is uncanny. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    The result is this infectious documentary, which combines some inspired musical performances with Chappelle's perpetually hilarious commentary. show more

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