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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)

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

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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

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Feb 4, 2014

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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.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
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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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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"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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
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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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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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.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
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.

November 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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.

October 28, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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.

October 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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.

October 22, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

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

October 20, 2013 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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...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.

October 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: amNewYork
amNewYork

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

October 11, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
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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.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: BET.com
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Even with it's flaws, "Mister and Pete" is anything but a defeat.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
Schmoes Know

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

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Schmoes Know
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    1. Pete: Mister, is it okay not to love your mom?
    2. Mister: I mean, you can't help but love her Pete. But you don't have to like her.
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    1. Pete: Mister, is it okay not to love your mom?
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