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The efforts of one tireless concert promoter reuniting legendary hip-hop outfit the Wu-Tang Clan for one final farewell concert form the central story of filmmaker Denis Henry Hennelly's look at the events that led up to the group's historical performance at the Rock the Bells Music Festival. From luring the disagreeable Ol' Dirty Bastard from the comforts of his hotel room to the desperate attempts to calm the swelling crowd, this documentary offers a compelling look at one of hip-hop's most creative and influential acts.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rock the Bells deals with the mechanics of how to pull off a concert, not with what brought Wu-Tang Clan together or split them up. The impressive teamwork of the promoters upstages the egos of hip-hop divos and their rampaging fans."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Rock the Bells is stressful to watch, but its entertaining stage performances and document of people under pressure should interest even non-rap fans."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"A love letter to fans and fandom that is so heartfelt, it bleeds through the boundaries of musical taste."
‑ Karina Longworth, Cinematical
"Urgent and unrelenting"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"While "much ado about nothing" might be overstating things, after more than an hour and a half of buildup, it would have been nice to see Wu-Tang perform."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A flat-out stunner that combines a celebration of hip-hop culture with a disaster film."
‑ Kevin M. Williams, Chicago Tribune
"Rock the Bells [ends] on a high note, but in a minor chord of sadness."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"The show goes on -- despite the Wu-Tang Clan."
‑ , Los Angeles Daily News
"Outright exhilarating... Rock the Bells doesn't just delve behind the scenes; it makes a showstopping guest-MC out of each crazy new obstacle."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Premiere Magazine
"Humorously, but with knuckles bared, captures every twitch of angst, chaos and near-calamity that unfolds as the concert draws near and Weisberg's dream devolves into a nightmare."
‑ Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle
"For connoisseurs of stories of show business near-disasters, Bells is compelling viewing."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Rock the Bells' homespun documentary aesthetic evokes a DVD special feature more than an actual film."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Hip-hop's irreverent answer to Woodstock!"
‑ Kam Williams, Hip-Hop Book Club
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