The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Reviews

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Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 10, 2014
This is an impressive piece of grass-roots filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
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 | Original Score: B
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 2, 2013
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.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 28, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
October 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 22, 2013
[Sklyan] Brooks's performance as Mister... the best child performance of 2013.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist
October 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
October 20, 2013
A picture which proves it's hard in the 'hood not only for pimps, but for kids, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 17, 2013
...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 | Original Score: 88/100
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 11, 2013
Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
amNewYork
October 11, 2013
This isn't a grim wallow in the depths of poverty. There's hope here and it's earned, not forced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 11, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 10, 2013
They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2013
"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 | Original Score: 4/5
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USA Today
October 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
October 10, 2013
Even with it's flaws, "Mister and Pete" is anything but a defeat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
October 10, 2013
Their defeat may be inevitable, but we're all winners for discovering this small film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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