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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

89%
Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 4,204

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Movie Info

Two youths from the Brooklyn projects attempt to fend for themselves on the streets after their parents are arrested in this urban drama from director George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster). It's summer in New York City, and 14-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) is hungry. His irresponsible mother unable to hold down a job, Mister's situation goes from bad to worse when she is taken into custody, and child protective services attempts to track him down. Meanwhile, nine-year-old friend Pete finds … More

Rating:
R (for language, some drug use and sexual content)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Michael Starrbury
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Feb 4, 2014
Box Office:
$0.5M
Runtime:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (3)

A gritty, sometimes downright heartwrenching story of two young boys left to fend for themselves for weeks during a boiling-hot summer in a Brooklyn housing project.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Pitched fascinatingly, at times uneasily, between misery and uplift, "Mister & Pete" tells the story of an endlessly resourceful child who survives the unimaginable over one long summer.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" is a moving bit of mischief and mayhem that will break your heart, give you hope, make you laugh, possibly cry.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Dizon and Brooks are wonderfully natural actors, and their characters' bond becomes like that of brothers, with Mister looking out for Pete, at first grudgingly and ultimately with real affection.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
USA Today
Top Critic

What day-to-day struggles do kids in need face? George Tillman Jr.'s "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" addresses many of them within a self-contained but successful story.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

At its best, the movie is emotionally rapturous, helped along by Brooks's incredible talent. At its worst, while it avoids falling into poverty porn (to my judgment, at least), it runs into a kind of hysteria of putting children in danger.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

The expressive performances of the two young protagonists helps to smooth over the rough spots in a script that too often turns sappy and heavy-handed.

Full Review… | November 2, 2013
Cinemalogue.com

Mister and Pete are, as the title goes, inevitably served up defeat at practically every turn, but ultimately it is outweighed by the strength and resilience the pair come to consistently display in the oppressive face of it.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
TheMovieReport.com

Even more welcome than its unusual story content is its humanistic impulse: It comes from a place of respect for its characters and belief in their dignity; by extension, it offers these same courtesies to its audience.

Full Review… | October 23, 2013
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

[Sklyan] Brooks's performance as Mister... the best child performance of 2013.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
Antagony & Ecstasy

A wonderful document of inner-city oppression and two young actors' beginning steps, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete struggles to establish a cohesive center, and ultimately fumbles any tension on the path toward its title's possible fate.

Full Review… | October 22, 2013
The Playlist

A picture which proves it's hard in the 'hood not only for pimps, but for kids, too.

Full Review… | October 20, 2013
AALBC.com

...might be compared to any number of movies... [but] I've ever seen anything quite like it. Though the script affords plenty of opportunities to default to sentimentality and sweet resolution, the characters seem to resist the easy and usual ways.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
Common Sense Media

This isn't a grim wallow in the depths of poverty. There's hope here and it's earned, not forced.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
amNewYork

Proves to be as awkward as its title thanks to its uneven screenplay and tone, and questionable casting in supporting parts.

Full Review… | October 11, 2013
RogerEbert.com

There is a bold joy in the film, which can be credited to Mister and Pete, played wonderfully by Skylan Brooks and Ethan Dizon. Their childlike innocence but adult sensitivities gave the flick an undeniable heart.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
BET.com

Even with it's flaws, "Mister and Pete" is anything but a defeat.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
Schmoes Know

Their defeat may be inevitable, but we're all winners for discovering this small film.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013
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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Quotes


Pete: Mister, is it okay not to love your mom? Mister: I mean, you can't help but love her Pete. But you don't have to like her.
– Submitted by Ryan K (7 months ago)
Pete: Mister, is it okay not to love your mom?
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