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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.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 4.2/5
User Ratings: 4,245

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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
Schmoes Know

Audience Reviews for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

½

Realistically portrayed drama of the life in the disadvantaged suburbs of America directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by Michael Starrbury , can bring tears even without melodramatic elements in it. Presenting Skylan Brooks (Mister) and Ethan Dizon (Pete) in the title roles nd casting Anthony Mackie, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks and Jeffrey Wright, the director made simply perfect team. As a genre, I will classify this movie as a coming of age story of two inner city boys. They were left to fend for themselves over the summer after their mothers are taken away by the police for drug possession and prostitution.

The movie concentrates on the two boys who are forced to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. They are faced with more trouble than any child can be expected to bear, and the fragile but resourceful Mister nevertheless finds strength in an idea from a movie, that he can be an unstoppable force against seemingly unmovable obstacles if he believes in the success...

There are plenty of sad and disturbing moments in this movie, but all of them managed to become inspirational and uplifting, because the director offered a glimpse of hope in the continuously degrading American society, especially for the poor. The brotherhood of Mister and Pete was something to make note, as well as the answers on the entire question of morality when people are forced to making ends meet. The film exposes the lack of real role models for the children in the society where the only value is the almighty dollar, and the authority figures were presented as menacing instead of helpful at times.

If you are ready for a dark movie with its moments of humour and lots of charm, while enjoying the innocence and cuteness adjusting to difficult moments of life, please, check this one!

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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 (8 months ago)
Pete:
Mister, is it okay not to love your mom?
– Submitted by Ryan K (8 months ago)

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