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  • Summary: 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. (Rogue Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 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.
  2. It's the best kind of complaint. You can see why the $50 million man refers to something he gave away as "the best single day of my career."
  3. The film, from its deadpan start to its languorous finish, provides the most joyous moviegoing experience in years.
  4. There is a clear festive buzz, as attendees laugh, bob and listen to Chappelle's impish, inventive comedy, and some of the best music hip-hop has to offer.
  5. 80
    Results in moments of real beauty that make you grateful Chappelle chose an aesthete for directing chores. And yet, in terms of content, the film doesn't quite reach the bar set by its historic predecessor (Wattstax).
  6. 75
    The result is this infectious documentary, which combines some inspired musical performances with Chappelle's perpetually hilarious commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Strictly for fans of the musical acts and those who think everything Chappelle does is genius.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. Nov 1, 2013
    Different from most motion pictures, this movie gave it's audience an unique sense of exuberant life with it's fantastic independent spirit. It had a cool premise, to bring the people of Brooklyn a surprise concert of many extremely talented performers (Kanye West, Mos Def, The Roots) as a random act of kindness. This movie shows us what a "Community" really is in other people's eyes. This film is definitely worth a look as it is one of my favorites, to have a unique social theme and sprinkle it with some humor. Inspirational film that is actually quite heart-warming. MUST SEE Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2010
    Liking this movie will likely involve, in order: a) being a fan of Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, etc. b) being a Dave Chapelle fan c) knowing that this is a concert documentary, not a comedy show. I watched it meeting each of those criteria, and I enjoyed it. The film really captured the spontaneity of Dave making the event happen. Dave seemed to try to invite anyone and everyone that might be involved in his life to any degree, regardless of whether or not they already like hip-hop/neo soul music. On stage, Dave was mostly just hosting the musical guests, and there wasn't any formal stand-up act. You get to see the artists backstage with Dave in a more candid, personal light, and the film takes on his personality. My favorite parts are when Dave is rehearsing with the Roots band/Mos Def for a little routine for the concert. It's not a perfectly crafted documentary, but overall, it's just a fun time with ordinary people, allowing you to see many of the performers as regular people as well. If none of this interests you, then don't bother watching. Expand
  3. Jul 4, 2012
    If you like REAL hip hop and Chappelle, you will like this for sure. As he tires to set up a block party he encounters personalities in which he can create comedy. Common people of the neighborhood all come together for this epic block party. Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, Erika Badu and even the Fugees get together for the only time they reunited. Not sure if I would have saw it in a theater and paid $10, but for a watch its worth it to see Dave being funny. Expand

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