Dave Chappelle's Block Party
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A genuine crowd-pleaser, "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" spotlights comedy superstar Dave Chappelle as he presents a Brooklyn neighborhood with its very own once-in-a-lifetime free block party. The unprecedented combination of comedy and music was shot on location. In addition to Mr. Chappelle performing all-new material, the stellar roster of artists includes Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Dead Prez, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, the Roots, Cody ChesnuTT, Big Daddy Kane, and -- reunited for their first performance in over seven years -- the Fugees.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Edward Lawrenson, Time Out
"No one enjoys the free festivities more than Chappelle, who wanders through the film like a kid on Christmas morning. A very funny kid."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Gives off an inclusive hum"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"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."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"I want to see another hour of Dave Chappelle's Block Party."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Chappelle's talent and the characters in the movie give it a universal appeal, even to those unfamiliar with hip-hop."
‑ Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Gondry brings a caught-on-the-fly style to the footage that nonetheless coheres into something that feels planned, or pre-ordained."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"It's no Last Waltz, but this crowd-pleasing concert film offers an entertaining mix of music and comedy."
‑ Ethan Alter, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A return to rowdy form."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Dull and repetitive. Your own reaction to it will depend a lot on how well you like these particular artists performing in concert."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Joe Utichi, FilmFocus
"The atmosphere is genuinely infectious - the fact that the event is packed, despite pouring rain, speaks volumes."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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