Excerpts from actual reviews of Dave Chappelle's Block Party:
"There is an audience for rap and, let's face it, I am not a member of that audience."
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"I'm not even a big fan of hip-hop…"
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"While I'm not a fan of hip-hop music…"
Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What about those of us who are not very big fans of his special guests?"
Edward Havens, Film Jerk
"I have to confess that I've missed a lot of these artists' work…"
Dan Lybarger, eFilmCritic
"I must admit to not being a big fan, per se…"
Jim Tudor, Twitch
"As to the music, it's one of those acquired tastes I haven't acquired. Much of it seems nothing more than irritatingly insistent rhythm accompanied by largely unintelligible lyrics."
Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The movie could have used more of Chappelle's actual performances and a little less of the same-sounding hip-hop music numbers."
Jeff Vice, Deseret News
"If you look at the advertising and trailers, you'd get the sense that it has a good deal of Chappelle riffing with average people on the street. If this were the case, the film would have been better. Instead, it is primarily about the rap and hip-hop artists that anchor Chappelle's block party."
Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A surprisingly upbeat and good spirited documentary about a rap music party. Given rap's angry and obscene lyrics, the movie is amazingly genteel. I wish I had been at Woodstock, but I'm not the least bit disappointed that I wasn't one of the seventeen token whites that Dave Chappelle invited to be among the five thousand blacks that he asked to his block party in Brooklyn."
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"The rap acts may be the authentic voice of the street, or they may just demonstrate that even millionaires like to wear enormous T-shirts and grab their crotches."
Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Several of the performers go off on blistering black-power tangents. During especially uncomfortable kill-whitey moments, Gondry is careful to cut to a white face nodding in approval."
Phil Villareal, Arizona Daily Star