• R, 1 hr. 48 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    George Tillman Jr.
    In Theaters:
    Oct 11, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 4, 2014
  • Lionsgate Films

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The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: B

April 8, 2014
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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 Source: Cinemalogue.com

November 2, 2013
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.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 Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 28, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

October 23, 2013
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

October 22, 2013
Charlie Schmidlin
The Playlist

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 Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

October 22, 2013
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

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

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 3/4

October 20, 2013
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 88/100

October 17, 2013
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Kids fend for themselves in moving but intense urban drama.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2013
Robert Levin
amNewYork

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

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 11, 2013
Clay Cane
BET.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 Source: BET.com | Original Score: B

October 10, 2013
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 10, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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They may be tiny little kids, but they deliver outsize performances.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2013

USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2013
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

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

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2013
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

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

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 10, 2013
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The real heroes of "Mister and Pete" are the terrific performances of the two young actors Brooks and Dizon, who humanize the proposition that dreams delayed need not become dreams defeated.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

October 10, 2013
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